More Control, More Visibility and Lower Costs for SD-WAN
Untangle continues to address the growing concerns of distributed organizations challenged with securing their evolving network perimeters. With NG Firewall 14.0, Untangle provides enhanced support for SD-WAN networking scenarios that can help businesses with distributed, branch and remote offices leverage cost savings, fast and flexible deployment, and ensure a consistent security posture.
Tunnel VPN connections can bind to specific WANs, allowing configuration of multiple tunnels for multi-WAN sites and ensuring each tunnel is using the desired physical WAN connection.
Administrators can direct traffic to the most desirable WAN connection based on criteria like ports and protocols.
Tunnels can be set up without NAT so that the cloud firewall has full visibility into the network. This gives the ability to centralize policies across the whole network from the cloud firewall.
Business Continuity and Reliability with Wi-Fi Failover
Wireless interfaces can now be configured as client to a wireless access point. This allows NG Firewall to connect to an existing Wi-Fi network and act as a client, providing another option to WAN Balancer and WAN Failover to ensure business continuity and avoid interruption of service.
In a failover scenario, this configuration will ensure that NG Firewall can still inspect and safeguard all internet traffic with no interruption in service.
Since NG Firewall can be deployed into the network as a client, all network traffic can be protected even without having NG Firewall provide the main Wi-Fi connection.
Various improvements to Reports and the Dashboard. Dashboard now supports conditions, allowing for easy drill-down by specific host, user or other criteria.
Dynamic WAN protocol support. NG Firewall now supports two networking protocols: OSPF and BGP. Understanding these protocols ensures that NG Firewall can always access up-to-date routing tables so that it can find IP addresses. Additionally, this release includes support for several new dynamic DNS providers.
Important Technical Notes
The Untangle distribution is now based on Debian 9 (stretch) and the 4.x kernel. This is a more modern O/S that includes systemd and a newer kernel with a wider array of hardware support and better performance.
On upgrade all systems will be moved to the new O/S and will install the new kernel. The old kernel will still be booted by default until the user manually selects the new kernel to avoid any possible hardware regressions. The system must reboot at the end of the upgrade process so that systemd can manage the system correctly.
Because upgrading to NG Firewall 14.0 requires a reboot, consideration should be made on the timing for the upgrade to ensure it is done at a time when an upgrade followed by a reboot is acceptable.
Supports master policy configurations. Administrators can now configure a master policy as an appliance image that can be deployed one-to-many, simplifying configuration and management for multi-site deployments and MSPs.
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