Replace Forefront TMG with a high quality, flexible, edge security, SSO application from KEMP TECHNOLOGIES

SharePointEduTech have been working with a series of education clients all looking for an effective replacement for their Microsoft Forefront TMG server that will reach end of support in December 2015.The answer comes in the form of an Edge Security device from KEMP.

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TMG goes End of Life

Many schools, colleges and universities around the world are still deploying services such as Exchange, Lync, SharePoint or other web based services on premises and will continue to do so despite the compelling reasons to consider the cloud. For many years, these services have all sat securely behind a Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway device. With TMG reaching its end of life status and Microsoft declaring no replacement models we spent quite some time looking for a cost effective replacement.

The answer came in the form of the Kemp Technology LoadMaster and its extended feature pack. Built in as a standard feature, the Edge Security Protection (ESP) has the ability to secure all of the usual public facing services. The ESP features offer a secure and effective gateway and offer all of the following familiar requirements from TMG.

  • End Point Authentication for Pre-Auth
  • Persistent Logging and Reporting
  • Single Sign On across Virtual Services
  • Active Directory Integration
  • RADIUS Authentication Support
  • Fully Customizable FBA Forms
  • Soft Lockout
  • Group Membership Validation
  • Dual factor authentication with RSA SecurID

SharePointEduTech have found, in KEMP LoadMaster, a flexible solution that allows customers to decide on the best options for their infrastructure when deciding on installation. You can chose between,

  • Virtual devices on Hyper V, Xen, VMware or Virtual box
  • Custom built hardware devices on premises
  • Cloud devices on AWS or Microsoft Azure
  • Bare Metal conversions of your existing high performing server solutions.Options for Kemp

Five reasons why this solution suits Education customers?

kemp_logo_new1. Flexible solutions with straightforward installation and commissioning

As you can see from the options above there is a Kemp Solution to meet your requirements, either on premises or in the cloud. Once installed the commissioning process is so straightforward. If you can manage a rule set on TMG then there is no reason you can’t manage your Kemp device.

The device will come with a series of inbuilt templates to allow for quick commissioning of all the familiar workloads. If your workload isn’t listed there is likely to be a downloadable template for you.

2. Top class Support

From time to time, things will go wrong, after all it is IT we are talking about here. The level of technical support offered by Kemp is first class. You decide on the level of support required from Basic to Premium plus. In our experience the Premium support gives you a high level of support that is really proactive. How often have you had a support engineer chase you for a response rather than the other way around? We have found the level of technical support from KEMP to be quick and effective. What more could you ask for?

3. Industry Standard

KEMP is not a new company. When we started to look for a replacement for TMG they took some finding. This might make you think that they are a small company. Nothing could be further from the truth. KEMP have been in operation since 2000 with over 26,000 worldwide installations. They are listed third in the Load Balancing market with a rapidly growing profile and they are consistently marked as an industry leader. KEMP is a big player who places a great deal of importance on customer satisfaction.

4.  Simple Licensing Model

Whether it’s on premises physical, cloud or part of your virtualisation infrastructure, KEMP have the right model to meet the scale of your implementation. The ESP features all come as standard and there are no hidden costs. Ask about pricing for your school and we guarantee you will be surprised.

5. Let’s not forget the Load Balancing

This post has talked about the TMG replacement provided by KEMP LoadMaster but don’t forget that you also get a top quality load balancing service as the primary feature of the device. Maybe you’ve been using other top quality devices or simple Windows load balancing (if you could ever get it to work properly). Now with KEMP you have the best of both worlds. Strong and effective Edge security and high quality, industry standard load balancing that won’t blow your budget.

Call to Action

If you want to know more, or discuss replacing your TMG services, we are just an email or a call away.

Email:                    info@sharepointedutech.com

Telephone:         +44 2476 362712

We can arrange a demonstration, a short trial or discuss and plan your move to KEMP LoadMaster supported by SharePointEduTech.

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SharePointEduTech – Have You Considered The Cloud?

As we move ever closer to July 15th when support for Windows Server 2003 will end, many colleges and universities are looking at this as an opportunity to move towards the cloud for their hosting and workload needs. We have a number of partners who are able to help academic institutions move to the cloud, including SharePointEduTech, who are running a series of webinars for Further and Higher Education.

This post explores some of the factors and objectives that colleges and universities should consider when migrating to the cloud, as well as providing details about our upcoming webinar series.

There has never been a better time for UK Colleges and Universities to consider moving their workload to the cloud. In a few short weeks Microsoft Support for Windows Server 2003 will end and many organisations are looking at ways to migrate that load. Moving to the cloud can often be a challenge for many organisations, overcoming obstacles from financial, ethical or an institutional reluctance to trust the cloud. How many IT Leaders and network support staff still say that they “like to see their server workload buzzing away”?

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The role of the IT Leader in FE and HE has never been more important. As budgets tighten and workloads increase it can often be a balancing act to find the best solution to meet the needs of the users and stay within budget. The concept of transferring that cost to a subscription model rather than capital expenditure is a great way to effect savings whilst responding efficiently to the needs of your customers.

The first step for many is a migration to Office 365 in order to lever the benefits of world class email and communication technologies such as Exchange online or Skype for Business. There are so many more opportunities in the cloud ‘beyond the mailbox’ and it is the role of Microsoft Partners to help customers see the wide range of opportunities available.

SharePointEduTech has been a Microsoft Partner for several years working in the education space delivering some great communication and collaboration solutions. As a Gold Cloud Platform Partner we are strategically aligned to help customers explore the cloud and see the potential benefits.

Whether it’s a simple migration to Office 365, or an infrastructure move to Microsoft Azure (IaaS), or even a University research facility looking to make use of big data compute space, there are options in the cloud that make compelling reasons to make the move.

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If you are interested in finding out more, SharePointEduTech are offering a series of Cloud Webinars in June that are designed to help IT Leaders in FE and HE see just what is available to them and how they can safely and efficiently make the move to the cloud.

Webinar 1 – Ten Reasons You Should Care About the Cloud, seeks to unpack the concept of cloud, explain why it is so important and provide you with the tools to make the case for considering cloud as the right option.

This webinar is followed by two strands:

Webinar 2 a) – Flexible Solutions for Adding Value to SharePoint and Office 365 is for IT Leaders who already have Office 365 and want to look at ways to add value beyond the mailbox. Maybe you have SharePoint Server on Premises and want to offer cloud services like One Drive for Business. Perhaps you are looking for ideas on how to increase user adoption. This webinar is for you.

Webinar 2 b) – Microsoft Azure – Options for Education will focus on the wider options available to Higher and Further Education in the Microsoft Azure platform. Many will hear ‘Azure’ and think ‘virtual machines’. This webinar is designed to help you consider the bigger picture, think about your big data requirements and how a cloud solution could help you deliver that requirement.

To register for these webinars, simply click the links above or go to www.sharepointedutech.com/elastic