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Aventail debuts Mac-compatible SSL VPN solution

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Mon May 2, 2005

SSL VPN solution for Macs

today announced that it is now offering "the market's first" complete End Point Control solution for Mac devices. The company says its SSL-based virtual private network (VPN) solution now offers full support for all Mac browsers, including Safari, Firefox, and Mac IE. The company also said the SSL VPN works with the recently released Mac OS X Tiger as well as Panther. "An increasing number of employees have Macs at home but still need remote access to corporate applications, and with this release, we've ensured that Mac users can successfully access those resources from anywhere while ensuring full policy control for the network manager," said Evan Kaplan, CEO of Aventail.

"I'm a Mac user myself, and I use the Aventail SSL VPN everyday when I access my email, financial data, or CRM applications from home on my Mac -- and it works every time without any extra work from my IT staff."

Mac users who need access to corporate resources such as e-mail or client/server applications can use a standard Internet browser to select the application they need based on a set of Web resources defined by their system administrator. Aventail's technology interrogates the Mac device and then appropriately classifies the device into a pre-defined security zone that offers both maximum access and guaranteed protection.

Aventail End Point Control (EPC) is a framework that protects end users of an Aventail SSL VPN and the network from inadvertent or willful security threats introduced by the system (client) used for remote access. It combines proactive security measures, such as integrity checking, with countermeasures, such as cache cleaning, to protect data during transmission over the internet. The company says that its solution is the only VPN solution--either SSL or IPSec--that associates the level of trust for an end device with the level of access allowed.

The new Aventail Smart SSL VPN will be available mid May via its more than 300 channel partners. Pricing starts at $7,000 for the Aventail EX-750, a full-featured, clientless SSL VPN appliance tailored to small to mid-sized enterprises; and at $10,000 for the Aventail EX-1500 appliance, a scalable, enterprise-class solution, integrating high availability and load balancing support. Aventail Smart SSL VPN requires Mac OS 10.2 or later.




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