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August 2006

Akonix Systems' Akonix A-Series Product Review

INSTANT MESSAGING Akonix A-Series Akonix Systems Price: Hardware starts at $4,995; $20-$35 per user licensing, depending on features @exb @exe The Akonix A-Series IM security appliances give enterprises control of instant messaging, a runaway app that can leave a yawning network security hole, and peer-to-peer traffic, a serious bandwidth hog and malware vector plaguing corporate networks. The A6000 we tested (the A1000 is aimed at SMBs) is enterprise-class hardware, with multiple network interface cards for clustering and a redundant hard drive. The A-Series runs AkOS, a proprietary hardened operating system based on the Linux 2.6 kernel, specifically designed for real-time messaging. Configuration/Management: C The appliance is easy to install and set up--if you can get your hands on the documentation. The box ships with a mere three-page guide that gets you through initial appliance logon. When you request a login and one is not automatically generated, you are directed to the Support Center on the Akonix Web site for access ...

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