The Research and Development Centre (Forschungs- & Entwicklungszentrum) Witten GmbH is a service provider for innovative start-ups with five to fifteen employees. FEZ undertakes its main functions (management consulting, provision of infrastructure and technology transfer) in close collaboration with the University of Witten/Herdecke, with sponsors of business in the region and with partners from other regions. Currently, 57 companies with around 150 employees work in the FEZ.
One of the most important of the services provided by FEZ is making a modern infrastructure available. The basic equipment includes a powerful data network with a 100 Mbit/sec direct connection to the backbone. The data network is managed by an external IT service provider. In order to protect the intellectual property of the tenants, FEZ offers a security service in the form of a firewall to safeguard their corporate networks.
Since the beginning of 2007, FEZ has implemented version 8.0 of the GPX 800 UTM solution from gateProtect, currently licensed for 100 users. The firewall divides the network into 40 subnetworks, using the VLAN functionality that became available with version 8.
The gateProtect firewall has been running reliably and with practically no interruptions since it was launched. The neutrality of the gateProtect solution regarding the hardware and software platforms used behind the firewall should also be highlighted.
With the implementation presenting no problems so far, e-Systems is campaigning at FEZ for the gateProtect appliance to be used as a UTM solution. For example, virus protection on the gateway would be offered to the tenants as an additional service.
On top of that, it is planned to protect a second start-up centre with the implemented gateProtect solution. This is the Zahnbiologische Zentrum (ZBZ), the most modern dental biology institute in Europe, which is under construction opposite FEZ and is almost complete. To allow this, it is merely necessary to increase the number of licensed users on the existing gateProtect appliance because, according to Christoph Weimann, the potential of the GPX 800 is by no means exhausted.