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Untangle Ties Storage & Security

In a move that demonstrates the increased convergence of storage and security, startup Untangle has unveiled an open-source version of its email security technology and is planning to add backup features to the solution. (See Untangle Intros Gateway Platform.)

The vendor, which competes with backup and security specialist SonicWall, is now making available free of charge its Gateway software, which combines Web filtering, email security, and anti-phishing features. (See SonicWall Acquires Aventail, SonicWALL Buys Aventail, and Users: Encryption No Silver Bullet.)

Prior to this week, Gateway, which runs on a standard server, cost $75 per month for between 11 and 30 users and $195 a month for firms with more than 30 users.

An all-in-one security and storage package are on the roadmap. The benefit is that users can limit the amount of hardware they deploy, according to Raul Mujica, the startup's vice president of marketing. "The advantage of the software platform is that you don't have to keep adding boxes."

Untangle plans to add backup of file and email servers to the Gateway sometime next year. Until then, it will focus squarely on the security market, typified by the decision to make the Gateway software free of charge.

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