“Microsoft has offered SSL VPN support since 2006, based on technology acquired from Whale Communications, starting with the Intelligent Access Gateway (IAG), and followed by the Unified Access Gateway (UAG). Buyers frequently pick UAG to provide secure access, in combination with SharePoint and Forefront. UAG is certified to CC EAL2 and up, and uses the Windows cryptographic functions, which are compliant with FIPS 140-2.
- Microsoft's UAG has proved to be a dependable product, and earns positive client feedback. Microsoft has been successful at selling UAG into small, midsize and large businesses.
- Deep interoperability with the Windows OS and many Microsoft product families is an advantage for IT organizations that are intent on comprehensive Windows solutions. Specifically, Microsoft provides its own UAG application optimizers for Exchange (Outlook Web App, ActiveSync and Outlook Anywhere), SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Lync, Remote Desktop Services and Forefront Identity Manager. Third-party optimizers are offered through partners for SAP, IBM Lotus Notes and others.
- Multiple gateways may be clustered for management purposes in large-scale installations.
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DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER
MVP (Enterprise Security)