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COVID-19 Helping Hand Response Continues to Year-End 2020

by Scott Davis on June 01, 2020

Back on March 26, 2020, Netgate issued this blog describing our efforts to help pfSense software users through the tragedy of COVID-19. At that time, we stated these measures would remain in place through May 31, 2020. We weren’t sure then, nor are we certain now how long this situation will last. As Vice President of Service Delivery, I can...

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Cintra Chooses pfSense® Software for AWS and Oracle Cloud Access

by Dennis Smith on May 28, 2020

Digital transformation - the use of digital technologies to create new, or modify existing, business processes to improve customer experience, drive out cost, or facilitate scale - is everywhere. Cloud computing and remote access figure prominently - for obvious reasons. But transformation doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s easy to fall prey to expensive hype. Companies looking for help with digital...

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Netgate Rolls Out TNSR® Video Series

by Andrew Roehm on May 19, 2020

Netgate is rolling out a series of TNSR videos to aid prospects and customers who prefer to consume knowledge via video. These videos will be three to seven minutes in duration, and will be released at a cadence of roughly one every two weeks. Here are the topics covered in this series: Overview Core Features Underlying Technology Why is TNSR...

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US Army Cyber School Deploys 100 Gbps Router Network with TNSR®

by Jim Thompson on May 12, 2020

The US Army Cyber School (USACS) has been a pfSense® software user for years. But as we’ve noted in many writings, there comes a time when scale and manageability needs extend well beyond pfSense software capabilities. 100 Gbps routing is a good example - especially when it is expected to take on IPSec at that speed. USACS came to us...

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Region 5 ESC Lights Up TNSR® for Southeastern Coastal Texas

by George Phillips on April 28, 2020

The vast majority of our readers have likely never heard of Region 5 Education Service Center (ESC). But, everyone remembers Hurricane Harvey (August 2017), which decimated life for many in the eastern Texas coastal region. While most of us around the country (and world) are not affected by hurricanes, cyclones, or typhoons, we all pay attention when one of these...

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Bailey Harris Relies on pfSense® Software to Connect Commercial Construction Sites to Azure Cloud

by Dennis Smith on April 22, 2020

Nothing in this world is static. Things are either progressing or they’re in decline. Commercial construction is a leading indicator of growth. Whether for industry, sports arenas, hospitals, or university educational facilities - the presence of cranes and cement trucks remain one of the most visible signs of economic growth and new opportunity. In Alabama, hypersonics technologies, automotive supply chain,...

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USNS Mercy Steps Up Its Network for COVID-19 Support

by Jamie Thompson on April 10, 2020

I want to share an interesting story about the USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) with our readers. The Mercy is the lead ship in its class of hospital ships in non-commissioned service with the United States Navy. Her sister ship is USNS Comfort (T-AH-20). Per the Geneva Conventions, the Mercy cannot carry offensive weaponry, and attacking her is a war crime. Both...

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pfSense 2.4.5-RELEASE Now Available

by Jim Pingle on March 26, 2020

We are pleased to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.4.5, now available for new installations and upgrades! pfSense software version 2.4.5 brings security patches, several new features, support for new Netgate hardware models, and stability fixes for issues present in previous pfSense 2.4.x branch releases. pfSense 2.4.5-RELEASE updates and installation images are available now! To see a complete...

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Extending a Helping Hand

by Audian Paxson on March 26, 2020

COVID-19 has a firm grip on the world at present. No one yet knows how long it will last, or how deep its impact will be. These are unprecedented circumstances. We wish the absolute best for all, especially those on the frontline of healthcare. Everyone should be evaluating how they can best help. At Netgate, we will provide specific assistance...

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Important pfSense Software Upgrade Guidance While COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Are in Effect

by Audian Paxson on March 25, 2020

Keeping IT infrastructure up to date is a clear best practice. That said, we recommend delaying pfSense software upgrades to critical systems while travel restrictions (or other precautions which might inhibit physical access) are active. While the process of upgrading pfSense is typically achieved without issue when following software upgrade guidance documentation, functionality (including VPN services) is interrupted during the...

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