Whale Intelligent Application Gateway Makes Strong Showing at RSA Conference 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 15, 2006–Enterprises across verticals welcomed Whale’s newest addition to its Intelligent Application Gateway product line, an appliance utilizing Microsoft’s Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004. The SSL VPN solution is a first in the market to deliver SSL VPN, IPSec VPN, endpoint security and application security components in a single secure Windows-based appliance.

“This solution is ideal for our needs,” said Colorado-based Regis University CIO Peter Greco. “There is a natural convergence of the technologies. Their unification enables us not only to provide, as we have been doing, our 17,000 students and faculty anywhere access via SSL VPN but we can now leverage our existing Whale solution to provide our satellite campuses with IPSec VPN access. Not only is it cost effective it allows us to further maximize our Microsoft application and server infrastructure while relieving a management burden on our IT professionals. We applaud Whale on its continued market vision to provide comprehensive best-of-breed access solutions.”

The next generation access appliance provides enterprises with an easy-to-use solution for end-users and an easy-to-manage solution for IT professionals. It enables cost-effective and secure anywhere access by a broader set of users to a broader set of applications and network resources than traditional access devices.

“Whale is ahead of the technology pack when it comes to delivering on enterprise needs,” said Tony Wong, president of Agile Innovations, a full service business integration and consulting firm. “Whale’s latest Intelligent Application Gateway solution, which incorporates Microsoft’s ISA Server 2004, is the only product that meets our clients’ needs to provide a consolidated SSL VPN and IPSec VPN solution in a unified secure appliance. By unifying these core access technologies Whale goes beyond other vendor offerings, providing a single solution that acts as the new application access perimeter to the network.”

Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway solutions enable enterprises to boost productivity by providing business policy-driven access, based on organizational needs, to key applications and network resources from a secure and easily manageable gateway appliance. ISA Server 2004, part of the Microsoft Windows Server System, is an advanced application-layer firewall, VPN and Web cache solution that enables customers to easily maximize existing IT investments by helping to improve network security and performance.

The hybrid appliance, which empowers organizations to let their business needs drive their access strategy while adhering to corporate and government-mandated policies, allows enterprises to boost productivity by extending secure application and network resource access to a broader user base from a wider set of devices.

“Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway meets the needs of our mutual customers to deliver complementary IPSec VPN and SSL VPN technologies in an integrated and complete Windows-based access appliance,” said Marcus Schmidt, senior product manager, Security, Access & Solutions Division at Microsoft Corp. “This solution brings our customers an efficient and more secure way to meet their ongoing computing needs.”

“We are pleased by the increasing momentum we are experiencing in the marketplace for this first-of-a-kind solution,” said Roger Pilc, CEO of Whale. “We strive to ensure that our clients are able to maximize their application and network investments to increase productivity while maintaining compliance with their corporate policies. This product attests yet again to our vision of providing a complete business driven application access solution.”

For more information on the appliance please visit Whale during the RSA Conference from February 13 to February 17 in San Jose, California in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion or go to http://www.whalecommunications.com/isa/ 

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