Manage Your Network Bandwidth with Kerio Control 7.2
By Tony Bradley, PCWorld
There are a variety of demands on network bandwidth, but some are much more mission critical than others for small and medium businesses. Kerio has updated its Kerio Control UTM (Unified Threat Management) platform to include bandwidth management and quality of service capabilities that let businesses ensure that important network traffic is given priority.
Larger enterprises have larger budgets, IT admins, security admins, and full teams of IT support personnel. Small and medium businesses, on the other hand, are typically strapped in terms of IT budgeting, and more or less winging it when it comes to administering and maintaining IT resources.
The challenge for these SMBs, though, is that having no budget, and lacking IT skills doesn’t change the need to implement and manage IT resources. SMBs have essentially the same IT demands as larger businesses, and have to find ways to meet those needs. That is where a tool like Kerio Control 7.2 UTM comes in.
Kerio Control 7.2 gives SMBs simple tools for configuring and fine-tuning network bandwidth and quality of service (QoS). Kerio Control 7.2 lets you reserve bandwidth for mission-critical business functions such as VoIP (voice over IP) or streaming video for Web conferencing. It enables SMBs to meet the challenge for optimized and controlled network performance, especially in high-traffic or blended data/voice networks.
“Kerio Control 7.2 makes it as simple as checking a box to ensure critical applications like voice communications are never interrupted,” said Scott Schreiman, CEO, Kerio Technologies. “A phone system based on VoIP, because of its affordability, is a great solution for small businesses, but it’s absolutely critical that any company who adopts VoIP have a network policy in place so they have bandwidth to support 100 percent uptime.”
“Applying QoS rules for my users is straightforward and powerful with Kerio Control,” said Brent Ruggles, IT Manager, Grafton County, NH. “I have power users who would be very upset if they had to wait when performing tasks like uploading files to remote servers. To meet their needs, I can create a traffic policy rule for their web activity and then create a QoS rule based on that traffic policy and reserve the throughput needed. The process is amazingly simple, but effective, and it saves me a ton of phone calls from my users.”
Kerio Control UTM is available in a wide range of form factors, including a hardware firewall appliance, bootable ISO software appliance, virtual appliance for VMware or Parallels, or Windows Server software. This provides an unparalleled choice for any business to evaluate and choose the right deployment option for its network.
The Kerio Control software server license starts at $255 USD and includes 5 users. Additional users are $24 each. Hardware appliance pricing starts at $1,500 USD for the entry-level Kerio Control Box 1110 with 20 users, which includes Sophos gateway antivirus and Kerio Web Filter. Unlike most competitors, Kerio includes VPN clients for all users in the price. Kerio’s VPN client is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Kerio Control is available for download immediately with a 30-day unrestricted evaluation period. Visit the Kerio site for more information.