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Did Microsoft just pull the plug on its TMG secure Web gateway product?

June 6, 2011

Mary-Jo Foleys Blog….

Microsoft may be discontinuing its Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) product, according to information from analysts with the Gartner Group.

(I am qualifying this information with the word “may” because Microsoft is declining to provide a clear answer as to what’s going on with its secure Web gateway product.)

Here’s the back story. As noted by Deb Shinder, a blogger with TechRepublic and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Enterprise Security, Gartner omitted Forefront TMG from its May 25 Magic Quadrant report for secure Web gateways. Shinder explained:

“On page 5 (of the Gartner report), you’ll find a statement that is likely to shock and dismay many Microsoft customers, which says that Microsoft has confirmed to Gartner that it is not going to be shipping another full version release of TMG. The report goes on to say that TMG is in sustaining mode and Microsoft doesn’t intend to compete head-to-head with other vendors in that space. The good news is that the usual five year mainstream/five year extended support lifecycle still applies”

…Microsoft has been struggling with its Forefront deliverables and direction for the past couple of years. Microsoft recently announced that it is working on new security and identity products for both the server and cloud while it searches for a new head of its identity team….

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