Chicago Stock Exchange

Security and time-management are critical concerns for Dave Coder, manager of network services at Chicago Stock Exchange. When the requirement came from his management to deliver a highly-secure and easy to manage platform for delivering DNS and FTP services to his customers, Guardian Digital developed for them a comprehensive solution using their flagship product EnGarde Secure Linux.

The engineered security provided by EnGarde was the ideal choice. "Systems in the DMZ must remain secure, Guardian Digital's comprehensive security solutions not only kept our network protected but also supplied ease of management, saving us valuable time," states David Coder.

With successful Internet security breaches at an all time high, a consistently secure Internet solution is a permanent requirement. "Keeping network defenses working depends on how current the system is. Guardian Digital makes patch maintenance simple through their support network and GUI-based patch management system. They notify you when patches are available and make them simple to install ensuring our network has the latest updates and remains protected," writes Coder.

Initially considering alternatives including enterprise offerings from Microsoft and Linux vendor Red Hat, the ultimate decision was in favor of Guardian Digital. Proving to have the most complete user interface and easiest implementation, Chicago Stock Exchange is pleased with their choice. "The comprehensive GUI for configuration and maintenance is an invaluable tool," says Coder. Furthermore, EnGarde is running great on our system. We were pleased to be able to find a solution compatible with our current hardware instead of being forced into some unknown hardware platform like some other vendors require."

Currently, the Chicago Stock Exchange is running three EnGarde servers on HP ProLiant hardware which they are using for DNS, FTP and Internet applications. Although open source was not a primary requirement, the Chicago Stock Exchange preferred a Linux system as their implementation platform based on its FTP & DNS capabilities. After testing many Linux products and various ways to secure them, the Chicago Stock Exchange reported EnGarde was by far the easiest to implement and consistently proves itself to be a rock-solid, stable system.

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