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Friday, October 15, 2010

Zentyal formerly eBox Platform - Linux Small Business Server

Zentyal, is a UTM like linux distro based on Ubuntu. Zentyal is the new name for the distro eBox after it was formerly renamed in August 2010. It is similar to other offerings such as Untangle and ClearOS

According to their site,
"Zentyal can act as a Gateway, Infrastructure Manager, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Unified Communication Server or a combination of them. One single, easy-to-use platform to manage all your network services."
This makes it an ideal solution for small/medium sized businesses(SMBs) to deploy in their offices as a single device by relatively non technical individuals. These functionalities are tightly integrated, automating most tasks, avoiding mistakes and saving time for system administrators. Traditionally this kind of functionality would be hobbled together by IT consultants and would run across multiple systems which introduces complexity and stability concerns.

I have deployed earlier eBox incarnations and have been very happy with their design and performance.

Recently, they released a new version further strengthening their product offering. According to the press release that accompanied the release,

Zentyal 2.0 is based on the new Ubuntu 10.4 LTS distribution and this has implied a major change in all the server components. For this reason, Zentyal 2.0 is a new major release. With this change, the users are ensured higher levels of security, functionality and hardware compatibility.

Besides updating the Zentyal base, this version features significant usability, performance and stability improvements. Additionally, it also includes new features. With the goal of providing a Linux server that can be fully configured through a simple graphical interface, software management improvements have taken place and automatic configuration wizards have been introduced.




I'm keen to test it out and will post my results when I get a chance. In the meantime, check it out yourself and let me know what you think!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey mate,
while looking for a solution for "noexec" on my mediapartition (server) I came across your blog. I have Zentyal 2.2.3 running for 4 weeks now and it is doing a good job, especially for IT newbies as me. Trafficshaping works nicely, the Captive Portal came very handy (shared flat) and it doesn't have special requirements (systemwise). Try it out - it's got promise

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