AEP Systems Releases Best Value SSL VPN for Usability, Security and Price

Dublin, Ireland – September 22, 2004 – AEP Systems, the high-speed security company, today introduces the most robust version of AEP SureWare A-Gate, a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN remote access appliance. Key features in today’s release include access to a much wider range of applications, a transparent, Java-based remote access component and enhanced end-point security. These features, along with high availability and load balancing, make SureWare A-Gate the best value for combined security, usability and price for businesses of all sizes.

“Usability and security are two hot SSL VPN topics and today’s product release delivers on both with Single Sign On, access to more applications and enhanced end-point security,” said Paul Healy, Senior A-Gate Product Manager. “SureWare A-Gate offers a complete feature set and is indisputably the best value for ease of use, security, features and price.”

Today’s release of SureWare A-Gate 3.1 includes the following features:

Access to More Applications
A-Gate Connect is a Java-based component that allows users to access a more extensive range of applications through an HTTPS connection without having to install a full, executable remote access client. A-Gate Connect allows access to client-server applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, including SAP, JD Edwards, Oracle and Peoplesoft. A-Gate Connect reduces the cost of deploying and maintaining application server systems, such as Citrix, by eliminating the need to install separate secure servers and secure ticketing authority servers. Citrix users can simply add a SureWare A-Gate appliance to their existing infrastructure to provide authenticated access to the network and SSL-based security for remote connectivity. Remote users working from desktop platforms that traditionally require a full IPSec client or leased line, such as MacOS, Linux, Unix and Windows 95/98, can now access non-Web-based applications over the Internet through A-Gate’s on-demand Java client.

Improved Usability
SureWare A-Gate 3.1 allows users to access all of the systems available on the A-Gate with a single logon. Single Sign On cuts down administration, reduces help desk costs and dramatically simplifies traversal between multiple systems.

Enhanced Security
Significantly enhancing end-point security, A-Gate 3.1 supports client-side digital certificate authentication from both leading PKI providers and homegrown certificate authorities. Organizations that authenticate users with certificates add an extra layer of granularity for application and service access, allowing administrators and power users who authenticate with a certificate to use additional services.

AEP SureWare A-Gate 3.1 features include:
– Desktop and 19″ rack-mountable appliances
– Out-of-the-box remote access for 50-1000 online users
– Clientless, secure access from any Web browser to internal applications and Windows Terminal Services using A-Gate Anywhere
– A-Gate Connect, a Java-based component for accessing a wider range of applications through an HTTPS connection without having to install a full, executable remote access client
– Full client-server access from pre-configured laptops and PCs without excessive management of the client software on the remote PC using A-Gate Central
– High availability and load balancing
– No user-based or service-based licensing fees
– Secures all communications using SSL, alleviating IPSec firewall traversal problems
– Support for RADIUS groups
– Support for digital certificates from leading PKI vendors including Betrusted, Entrust, Microsoft, RSA and Verisign
– Supports RSA ClearTrustâ„? Single Sign On

SureWare A-Gate Product Line
SureWare A-Gate AG-1200 for medium to large enterprises (1000+ users)
SureWare A-Gate AG-1200 is a scalable, highly available SSL VPN solution. The bundled solution includes one year of support and on-site installation and training. SureWare A-Gate AG-1200 supports 1000 concurrent users out-of-the-box; the number of remote users can be increased to 10,000 by adding up to 14 additional A-Gates to the same network. The A-Gate AG-1200 supports both clientless and client-server remote access. Price: US$25,000 (€20,000), one-time purchase price with no extra feature or licensing fees.

SureWare A-Gate AG-600 for small to medium enterprises (500+ users)
SureWare A-Gate AG-600 supports up to 500 concurrent users and supports both clientless and client-server remote access. Price: US$10,995 (€8,995), one-time purchase price with no extra feature or licensing fees.

SureWare A-Gate AG-60 and AG-50 for small enterprises (50+ users)
SureWare A-Gate AG-60 supports up to 50 concurrent users and supports both clientless and client-server remote access. Price: US$7,000 (€6,500), one-time purchase price with no extra feature or licensing fees.

SureWare A-Gate AG-50 delivers clientless access to Web-based or Windows Terminal Services applications by connecting to a Web site. A-Gate AG-50 supports up to 50 remote users. Price: US$5,000 (€5,000), one-time purchase price with no extra feature or licensing fees.

For more information about AEP SureWare A-Gate, visit http://www.aepsystems.com/products/agate/ssl_vpn_appliance_agate.htm

About AEP Systems
AEP Systems (www.aepsystems.com), the high-speed security company, delivers hardware security and acceleration solutions that are fast and cost-effective to deploy. AEP Systems offers a full line of hardware security products including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPNs, hardware security modules, high-security VPN encryptors and SSL acceleration hardware. Customers include financial institutions, government bodies, healthcare organizations and OEMs. Founded in 1998, AEP Systems is privately held with offices in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.




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