ServGate Expands Operations to South America With Premier Distributor Pranha 50 for Linux-based EdgeForce(TM) Platform

Apr 15, 2004, 01:00 ET from ServGate Technologies

    SAO PAULO, Brazil and MILPITAS, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ServGate
 Technologies -- the leading provider of integrated, modular network security
 platforms -- today announced that Rio de Janeiro-based Pranha 50 Ltda. now
 serves as ServGate's premier South American distributor of the company's
 award-winning Linux-based EdgeForce(TM) Full Context filtering products.
     As the latest member of ServGate's growing network of distributors and
 resellers, Pranha 50, a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of high
 technology and infrastructure systems, serves value-added resellers and
 solutions providers throughout South America, providing localized marketing,
 sales and support to ServGate users throughout the region.
     "ServGate and Pranha 50 have established a very successful partnership in
 Brazil and throughout South America providing a state-of-the-art solution for
 multi-threat protection," said Benjamin Dummai, CEO of Pranha 50 Ltda.
 "Pranha's knowledge of the local market and commercial experience in the IT
 industry, combined with ServGate's pioneering security products and open
 source, Linux-based technology, have given the market in Brazil the capacity
 of expanding with the ultimate security solution."
     ServGate is the developer of the world's leading modular security system,
 the EdgeForce platform, which blocks network attacks with integrated filtering
 of Web and email traffic to screen out spam, viruses, worms and URLs in real
 time. The EdgeForce platform's pioneering modular architecture enables new
 services and performance upgrades to be installed on all EdgeForce systems,
 enabling them to scale with the growth of the customer's business and network
     "We are pleased to work with Pranha 50 to offer the best possible service
 to our customers in South America while also offering exclusively EdgeForce
 systems manufactured in Brazil," said Atchison Frazer, vice president of
 corporate marketing at ServGate. "South American solutions providers join
 other key regions of the world in reaping the benefits of ServGate's ongoing
 innovation, product annuity model and modular, adaptive technology,
 reaffirming ServGate's stance as the world's most attractive and profitable
 network security solution."
     Enterprises running EdgeForce at the multiple edges of the modern
 distributed enterprise will benefit from ServGate's Full Context
 Inspection(TM) (FCI) technology. FCI, part of the ServGate's own
 security-hardened, Linux-based Operating System, goes beyond deep packet
 inspection, examining the complete context of network traffic and threatening
 'blended' attacks. To spurn costly software licensing schemes, CIOs in the
 region are increasingly turning their attention to the corporate use of
 open-source platforms like Linux. Brazilian policy officially encourages
 open-source platform adoption in government and recommends its use by private
     About Pranha 50
     Pranha 50 commenced operations in Rio de Janeiro in 2002. Its objective is
 to work in high-tech sectors, developing and patenting technological
 innovations in the computing, telecommunications and oil areas in Brazil -- or
 bringing these innovations from abroad. Created and directed by businessman
 Benjamin Dummai, Pranha 50 maintains business partner agreements with Lucent
 Technologies and Bell Labs Innovations for new telecommunications
 technologies; with Fitel, Lucent and Leading Optical Solutions (the Furukawa
 Group) in the fiber optic sector; and with BP Solvay in the segment of new
 materials and technology for oil and gas piping. The company has two
 technological patents in the oil and gas segment:  a restoration process,
 certified by COPPE, for oil (and oil derivative) pipelines involving the use
 of a polyethylene mesh; and an installation system for fiber optic cables
 inside gas pipelines, a process which can be carried out in a completely safe
 manner and without danger of leaks, even in the presence of gas.
     About ServGate
     ServGate is the leading provider of integrated, modular network security
 platforms for small and medium businesses and the distributed enterprise.
 EdgeForce systems consolidate in a single hardware platform multiple security
 services -- including virus, spam and URL filtering, attack protection, web
 caching, firewall, VPN and more -- in a modular and scalable format, reducing
 the cost and complexity associated with sourcing, implementing and maintaining
 disparate security applications from multiple vendors. ServGate's Full Context
 Inspection technology provides the deepest level of blended protection
 possible in a security device by analyzing and screening the entire components
 of network traffic. ServGate's corporate headquarters are located in Milpitas,
 Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information about ServGate, call
 408-635-8400 or visit

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