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Thursday, June 9, 2011

End of the road for Forefront Threat Management Gateway?

I happened to get access to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateway courtesy of Websense. Obviously, I was interested to know how my favourite company located in Redmond, WA was doing with their TMG offering. Big was my surprise to notice that Microsoft is not represented anymore in this Magic quadrant. The reason comes a little bit later in the report, where we can read:
"Microsoft has informed Gartner that it does not plan to ship another full version release of its SWG product, the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG). The product is effectively in sustaining mode, with Microsoft continuing to ship Service Pack (SP) updates; the next one, SP2, is planned for 3Q11. Microsoft will also continue to support TMG for the standard support life cycle - five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support. ... "
Obviously, this some bit of bad news. Not only is TMG a decent product that fits the bill for many Microsoft customers, but also one has to wonder what Microsoft's (edge) security strategy is and how it is going to evolve. I guess we'll have wait for Microsoft to come out with a public statement until which time we can only guess ...

BTW, if you can't access the Gartner report via the link I have provided above, this link should work.