SAN JOSE, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Rainfinity, the provider of high availability software for e-business infrastructure, joined forces with Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) to announce today that Rainfinity's RainWall firewall high availability software is being bundled with the recently announced Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq, a turn-key Linux-based security solution for medium to large-sized enterprises and service providers. Through this partnership, the Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq can ensure the continuous availability of Check Point's market-leading VPN-1(TM)/ FireWall-1(R) network security. With RainWall, the Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq, a "Secured By Check Point(TM) Appliance," maximizes VPN-1/FireWall-1 reliability for even the largest firewall implementations. The RainWall software is installed directly on each Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq in an active-standby configuration, reducing complexity, increasing reliability and minimizing hardware investment. In the event of a system failure, RainWall transparently redirects network traffic from the failed unit to the hot-standby gateway while maintaining existing connections. To create a fully distributed gateway cluster comprising multiple VPN/firewall appliances or for more demanding applications, Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq customers can quickly and easily take advantage of the RainWall Enterprise version for active-active performance boosting, dynamic load balancing and linear scalability options. "We selected Rainfinity's best-of-breed high availability solutions to deliver unsurpassed price/performance and flexibility on an open platform to ensure maximum reliability and performance of critical Internet-based services," said David Parsons, vice president, eBusiness Solutions & Alliances for Compaq North America. "As part of our Compaq Solutions Alliance (CSA) partner program, Rainfinity will continue to provide our customers with competitive advantage and significant ROI benefits and help prove how Compaq's innovative infrastructure and access products and services can be easily integrated with network security solutions, simplifying the integration of the solution component stack and making them more readily accessible to leading IT professionals." "Rainfinity's RainWall is a leading certified solution for high availability and clustering, within Check Point's Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) framework," said Asheem Chandna, vice president of business development and product management for Check Point Software Technologies (Nasdaq: CHKP). "The combination of Rainfinity's RainWall, Compaq's ProLiant servers and Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1, provides customers with a 'best- of-breed' approach to highly-available turnkey security appliances." "Compaq's endorsement of our VPN and firewall high availability software is yet another statement to the industry of the performance, ease of use and cost of ownership benefits our solution provides," said Olivier Helleboid, CEO of Rainfinity. "This is a tremendous opportunity for both companies to make a significant impact on the network security marketplace, and will help us further deliver our promise of providing transaction assurance for e-business." Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq As the first security SolutionPaq to be offered by Compaq, the Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq will be available initially on Compaq ProLiant ML330 and DL320 servers, which feature pedestal and space-saving 1U rack-mount profiles, running on a security-hardened version of the Red Hat Linux operating system. These SolutionPaqs will also be the first to include VPN/firewall high availability with Rainfinity's RainWall-S software, for seamless connectivity in high volume, high security environments. Compaq Global Services will provide 7/24 telephone support and next-day service, offering optional installation and enhanced support services. RainWall Firewall High Availability Software RainWall dramatically improves the availability and reliability of VPN-1/FireWall-1 gateway appliances by eliminating single points of failure with patented high-availability technology while removing potential bottlenecks with dynamic load balancing capabilities. It detects hardware and software component failures within the security appliance and transparently shifts traffic to active machines in the cluster without interrupting service. RainWall comes in two flavors: RainWall Standard (RainWall-S), bundled with the Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq, is a two-node, hot-standby version providing high availability; and RainWall Enterprise (RainWall-E) is a fully active/active clustered version providing high availability, load balancing and linear scalability. Availability and Pricing The Compaq/Check Point SolutionPaq with RainWall-S pre-loaded may be ordered now, and deliveries will begin in May. Registering the software and receiving a permanent license key from Rainfinity will activate the two-node, active-standby RainWall-S solution. In addition, customers can purchase a license key for RainWall-E, the dynamic active/active, load balancing, linearly scalable enterprise edition. Product details are available at www.compaq.com/security, and phone inquiries are welcome at 800-345-1518. About Rainfinity Rainfinity ensures online business transactions meet customer expectations by eliminating the impact of failure and improving performance across the Internet infrastructure. The company's award-winning modular solutions provide high availability, performance scaling and transparent recovery for all the critical elements of e-business transactions, including security, web and application servers and network connections. Utilizing RAIN clustering technology developed at Caltech and NASA, Rainfinity's intelligent open RainFront platform for the network edge, simplifies Internet application deployment and management, allowing organizations to grow their infrastructures painlessly and without limit as their Internet demands increase. Rainfinity, a 2001 Crossroads A-List Award winner, ensures fast, efficient, uninterrupted service for a new generation of 'always-on' e-business solutions at customer sites around the world, including Dresdner Bank, Boise-Cascade and Home Shopping Network's HSN.com. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, California, with additional offices in England, France and Germany. For more information, please call 877-724-6333 (toll-free from the U.S. or Canada) or 408-382-5000 from outside the U.S. or Canada, or visit www.rainfinity.com. This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles, equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic instability. Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest quarterly report on Form 10-Q.