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When a company needs to protect data from file-level leakage, we can imagine few solutions easier to implement than the Boole Server Appliance 4200 from Celestix Networks. The security server maker in mid-February began shipping the 1U device, which implements the Boole Server military-grade tokenless security platform atop Windows Server 2008 Embedded.
The product is the result of an agreement reached in August with Sunfive S.A., creator of the Boole Server platform.
Celestix recently sent a unit to the CRN Test Center for a look. What we found was a handsome device that's as easily configured from any Web browser as from the jog dial on the unit's front panel. If you haven't seen a jog dial before, we think you'll agree that it's a clever and time-saving feature that's as simple as it is suitable to task.
Like an the large volume knob on an audio receiver, the jog dial feels comfortable to the touch as it swirls quickly through menus and makes selections when pressed. At minimum, the dial is used to set at least one IP address to allow the browser to gain access or to display the IP address assigned by DHCP, if present.
Once inside the browser interface, BSA presents concise, icon-driven menus that are intuitive and easily navigated. Many functions are are implemented with HTML, though some require Microsoft's in-browser (or stand-alone) RDP client, which means IE and ActiveX.
Functions implemented in HTML include all those on the quick setup page, where first-time administrators will make quick work of initial configuration. Those first steps include configuring the server name, domain membership, alerting, and additional Gigabit Ethernet ports.