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The virtual appliances include a software appliance which has already been pre-installed and pre-configured for VMware environments. Being the first unified threat management product that has been certified as “VMware Ready”, it allows for the secure and easy deployment of an “all-in-one” security solution within a virtual environment. Sophos UTM virtual appliances are geared towards IT personal responsible for consolidating servers in order to reduce costs for hardware, software and maintenance. By allowing for a step-by-step deployment of each security component Sophos UTM virtual appliances offer a secure migration path into a completely virtualized environment.
Furthermore, they can also be used by managed services providers for running multiple UTM instances concurrently on the same virtualized platform. All Sophos UTM virtual appliances are classified as VMware Ready.
The virtual appliance can be downloaded from Sophos servers and burned independently onto a CD. It can then be installed on any system running either a VMware player, VMware workstation, VMware server or VMware ESX server.
Best performance results are experienced when using hardware specifications at or beyond: Intel Dual/Quad-Core CPUs >2GHz, 2GB RAM. Specific licensing packages are available, varying by the number of users/IP addresses.
Sophos UTM allows you to flexibly mix and match the type of security you would like to deploy for your network. This is achieved through an optional selection of fully integrated security subscriptions which you are freely able to select and activate on your virtual appliance.
Deploy Sophos UTM Virtual appliances on VMware virtual servers. Choose your Security Subscriptions – Network Protection, Email Protection, Web Protection, Web Application Protection, Wireless Protection (or combine these five security subscriptions Full Guard) and UTM Endpoint Protection.