Compaq and Rainfinity Team to Ensure Continuous Network Security

RainWall High Availability Software Included on Every Compaq/Check Point


Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rainfinity

    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
     "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
     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, 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
     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
     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.

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