October 17, 2005 – SSL VPN leader Aventail today announced the latest version of its secure remote access platform. Aventail ST is the only SSL VPN to provide a single secure gateway, a common end user experience and centralised management model for all access methods, devices, users and resources. All other VPNs require separate access gateways or have disparate policy models for Web-based access, client/server access, mobile or Layer 3 tunnel access. The Aventail SSL VPN works over any type of network connection, wired or wireless and can be used to not only secure remote access but also traffic over WLANs.
New features in Aventail ST include broader application reach for mobile devices and server-based computing, additional management tools and enhanced End Point Control capabilities.
“With this latest release, Aventail is the only secure access solution to provide one home for all access needs no matter what device or connection and one place to configure and manage all credentialed access,” said Evan Kaplan, CEO, Aventail. “This gives companies one more reason to throw out their legacy IPSec VPN deployments or other incomplete access solutions and have one unified platform for all remote access.”
When users access the Aventail gateway they use the same URL and receive a common look and feel whether they are coming from a mobile device, home PC, managed laptop or kiosk. Aventail technology then dynamically adapts so users only receive access to applications based on policy that are relevant for that device and appropriate to the level of security. For example, a SmartPhone user receives a customized portal layout and access to applications optimized for that mobile device.
Aventail ST will be available this month through Aventail’s worldwide channel of resellers and service providers. Pricing starts at $3,995.00.
The specific new features included in Aventail ST are:
1. Broader application reach:
” Aventail Mobile: Aventail Mobile extends everywhere access to Smartphones and PDAs with access to Web-based and client/server applications.
” Native Access Modules: Users can now directly access server-based applications, such as Windows Terminal Services and Citrix applications, without any client download or additional configuration.
2. Additional management tools:
” Role-based Administration: Aventail ST allows network managers to segment administration of the SSL VPN appliance into defined roles, distributing the workload while controlling access and management.
” Visual Authentication Flow: Aventail adds to its market leadership with ease of management by adding graphical snapshots of the authentication flow, replacing textual reports with a single page quick view of the entire log-in and authentication process.
” Password Management via the SSL VPN Gateway: Users can now update their passwords via the Aventail SSL VPN portal, ensuring security policy is maintained even for the most remote users. Aventail uses its trusted relationship with authentication servers to update and synchronize passwords across the entire network.
3. Enhanced End Point Security:
” Granular Application Verification: Aventail ST provides the most granular end point security capabilities of any SSL VPN, enabling administrators to verify the use of up to date security applications on remote end devices with tools such as relative date check, Wildcard support, and MD5 checksums.
Forrester estimates that the SSL VPN market will grow from $97 million in 2004 to roughly $1.2 billion in 2010.
Aventail is the best-of-breed SSL VPN technology company and the authority on secure application access technology. Aventail delivered the first SSL VPN solution in 1997, and today, Aventail meets the secure communication needs of more than two million end users globally. Aventail’s family of Smart Technology SSL VPN appliances increases productivity for end users and IT professionals, while maximizing security and lowering costs. Aventail SSL VPNs lead the industry in End Point Control, policy management, and transparent, easy-to-use access options to the broadest range of applications. Aventail is the SSL VPN of choice among leading enterprises and service providers worldwide, such as AT&T, DuPont, IBM Global Services, MCI, Netifice, Office Depot, Sanyo, and TNT. For more information, go to www.aventail.com