Reminder: Astaro Security Gateway V7 is End-of-Life December 31st, 2012

With just two months to go until the sun sets on Astaro Security Gateway V7, this will serve as one of the final reminders.

Version 7 of Astaro Security Gateway will be end-of-life on December 31st 2012.  If you do not have an ASG V7 installation, you are unaffected by this announcement and can disregard it. If you maintain an active installation of ASG V7, it is important that you read on for what this end-of-life means for you. You can also take this opportunity to obtain a new appliance model at a discount via our Hardware Refresh Program!

On December 31st 2012, we will conclude all maintenance, security patching, pattern updates, firmware updates and technical support for Astaro Security Gateway (ASG) Version 7. Before this date occurs, you should migrate to the latest stable version of Sophos UTM 9 or ASG V8, both of which continually receive security fixes and provide ongoing protection for your company. To be clear:  For a secure, supported version of our product, you need to take steps to move from ASG V7 to a newer version before December 31st, 2012.

Customers with an existing valid license and maintenance for ASG V7 have various options for upgrading to a newer version. For a complete list of current options, pricing, and any other questions you have, contact your partner or sales representative who will be happy to assist you in moving to a newer version. There is a special, limited-time opportunity to obtain a new appliance model at a discounted price via our Hardware Refresh Program!

Hardware
Hardware appliances running V7.510+, can use the option on the Up2Date menu to one-touch-upgrade to ASG V8. This brings you to the V8 platform automatically, but requires further Up2Dates after the migration is complete to be at the most current version of V8. We have also launched UTM 9 which is the successor to ASG V8. This platform cannot be directly upgraded to from ASG V7 via a one-touch operation. In order to move from ASG V7 to UTM 9, you will need to install UTM 9 and then restore a backup file. Many new things have been added to UTM 9; while legacy configuration should import successfully, for best results you should first restore your backup into ASG V8 and then take a backup from that platform into UTM 9.

Software
Installations running an ASG V7 software appliance on their own hardware need to install an updated version and then restore a backup file of their configuration, which will apply all your settings except for log files and on-box reports. Logs can be exported in bulk from within the WebAdmin beforehand, while reports will begin anew on your updated platform as existing ones will be purged. 

Finally, we plan to send out this notice (or something similiar) to registered V7 administrators. We also will mention it again via our Partner newsletter and other communications. Our newest versions offer complete security, better performance, and hundreds of new features to make your business safer and more productive. We look forward to having you as customer on our latest platform.

-Angelo Comazzetto
Sr. Product Manager
 

 

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