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TMG ISA end of life. What's gonna happen now?

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I am reading news and blogs and noticed that TMG's new versions will no longer be released. Is MS going to release an alternative or totally abandoning this field? So far I couldn't find clear answer and decided to ask here if someone heard anything.
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by:Keith Alabaster
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Abandoning this field. The UAG box can be used for inbound buit nothing will replace the proxy functionality.

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For now you can still use TMG to publish Exchange 2013. No news for the future. My understanding is that they are not going to release a replacement for TMG.
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by:Keith Alabaster
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No offence but the news is already out. I work with the development team and the position is as above. Whilst you can continue to use the product under main support till 2015, then extended till 2020, the product line is finished and no replacement of TMG is coming.
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Looks like Microsoft on a suicide misson :))) Such a new product family ending in short time. This definitely will effect when we choose other product of MS as we cannot jump to different platforms easyly. I think from now on we have to think twice before deciding on a MS solution. Ofcourse they have their own marketing strategies but personally I found this action "unreliable"

So, what alternatives we have to replace TMG on the same server?
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The product family is not finishing, just some of the products within it. TMG is one, Forefront for Exchange etc is another, the Forefront client solution is now part of the System Centre platform. However, UAG (Unified Access Gateway) is still very strong but it does not provide the outbound proxy service that TMG did.

Take it from me that internally this has generated significant debate.

All said though, TMG is not about to stop working and is still, in my somewhat biased view, the best product on the market for what it does. Perrsoanlly I would leave TMG in place and wait to see what comes up this year. The next year or so will see some very radical changes in the approach to 'perimeter security' and the whole concept of it as Cloud and other technologies further develop and mature.
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Thanks :)
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