First Look: Celestix Security Appliance

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor,

Celestix Networks introduced its Celestix Orion Security Appliance for small businesses, home/branch offices, telecommuters, and consumers. The Orion is pre-licensed with security software developed by SofaWare Technologies and based on Check Point Software Technologies’ VPN-1R/FireWall-1R software. The Celestix Orion promises world-class security and extraordinary ease-of-use at a breakthrough price point.

According to the company, non-technical users can have their entire network secured by a robust VPN and firewall controlled by an intuitive Web interface. Orion is designed to protect the privacy of personal data, supports e-mail anti-virus capabilities, and ensures the integrity of the PC. Objectionable content can be filtered, viruses blocked, and optional parental controls enabled to ensure that the Internet is a safer environment for children.

According to the company, product highlights include:

7 The Celestix Orion with pre-licensed Check Point [email protected] software is priced at $299 and protects up to 5 nodes.

7 The Orion with [email protected] Pro is priced at $399, which should help telecommuters or home office workers to connect to a corporate VPN, and protects up to 5 nodes.

7 The Orion with [email protected] is priced at $599-$1199, provides site-to-site and remote access VPN connectivity for small businesses and branch offices, and protects 10 or 25 nodes.

Products are available now. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at

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