GSA adds BorderWare, Alacritech
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Dec 21, 2000
The holiday spirit delivered this week for a couple of information technology
companies looking to make waves in the federal sphere.
BorderWare Technologies Inc., a security software solutions firm, and Alacritech
Inc., which provides solutions that speed up the performance of applications
across a network, have both earned a place on the General Services Administration
Several federal agencies, including some military outposts and departments
within the Treasury Department already use BorderWare's Firewall Server.
The product was awarded a Common
Criteria EAL4 certification this year, making it the first firewall product
to acquire that international recognition. EAL4 is one of the Common Criteria
Evaluation Assurance Levels for evaluating the security of IT products and
The firewall starts at $1,200 for a 10-user license with first-year support.
It took Toronto-based BorderWare about five months to get on the GSA schedule,
said John Alsop, president and chief executive officer of BorderWare.
In a separate announcement, Alacritech said its products will be available
on the GSA schedule and that CDW-G Inc. will resell its products. Alacritech
specializes in TCP/IP acceleration solutions that boost the performance
of network-attached devices.
"The Alacritech network adapters are great solutions for government agencies
seeking to get more out of their server investments," Barry Haaser, vice
president of marketing for Alacritech, said in a release. "Our existing
customers are finding network-intensive applications like backup, computer-aided
design, imaging and groupware operate 30 [percent] to 70 percent faster
with our adapters. By doubling server performance, federal agencies can
delay or postpone purchases on new servers, freeing up money for other IT