May 25, 2005 - Dual Redundant Firewalls with Failover in Single 1U Rackmount Offered by eRacks

Press Release

  Dual Redundant Firewalls with Failover in Single 1U Rackmount Offered by eRacks.

May 25, 2005

Laguna Beach, CA -

One of the most vulnerable points of a corporate network is its firewall, yet many large businesses are ill-equipped to ensure seamless, uninterrupted operation in the event of its failure. A typical corporate network's firewall system can be a single point of failure. If down, users on both sides of the firewall, inside and out, would be unable to access email or Internet until the firewall system has been repaired. In many corporate environments, this would likely be at great expense and frustration. System administrators and computer users: take heart. There is a better way to do firewalls, as eRacks Open Source Systems has announced their low-cost solution to this risk: the eRacks/TWINGUARD.

The eRacks/TWINGUARD is a redundant, dual-firewall system enclosed in a single, compact 1.75 inch shallow-depth rackmount chassis. It comes preconfigured with a tried and true combination of secure open-source software to achieve redundancy, including OpenBSD and CARP. Two completely independent systems reside in one chassis: two power supplies, two hard drives and two motherboards - all of which are industry-standard components. Now, with the eRacks/TWINGUARD, in the event of a firewall failure, the secondary firewall automatically assumes the role of the primary and all network traffic flows uninterrupted. All of this would happen in the blink of an eye, and users would not even know that their day was saved by the eRacks/TWINGUARD.

When high availability and fault-tolerant hardware is a requirement, the eRacks/TWINGUARD is an extremely effective and scalable solution. System administrators have complete control over the configuration and can obtain updates without any licensing fees because the firewall system is solely based on open source software. Technical support is freely available in online open source user communities.

For a detailed description of the eRacks/TWINGUARD, please visit:

In a nutshell, the eRacks/TWINGUARD is the ultimate in firewalls. Not only is it a space-saving, fail-safe system, but it is also built with non-proprietary components, equipped with robust, proven open-source software, and founded on the rock-solid security of OpenBSD. Most importantly, it is crafted by a system integrator well-versed in open-source solutions: eRacks Open Source Systems.

About eRacks:
eRacks Open Source System is a provider of open source solutions and features its own rackmount servers, desktops and laptops as well as a wide array of services including open source enterprise migration, security, and network architecture design. eRacks offers a wide choice of operating systems and open source application configured on its products, ensuring hardware compatibility and saving the customer valuable time in installation and preconfiguration.

For more information contact:

eRacks Open Source Systems
phone: +949 376 9220

For more information on some of the open source software that eRacks installs and configures:

1. OpenBSD Operating System, designed with an emphasis on proactive security

2. Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP):