Aventail announced Aventail Connect Mobile for smartphones—the industry’s first and only SSL VPN to provide full support and secure end point control for Windows Mobile smartphones.Ã‚Â Connect Mobile is an easy-to-use and easy-to-manage add-on to Aventail’s award-winning SSL VPN appliances, allowing IT managers to easily extend their secure remote access solution to all mobile devices. As such, it is part of an integrated solution for all remote access, including laptops, kiosks, home computers, Windows Mobile PDAs, and now smartphones. Connect Mobile gives end users an “in-office experience,” connecting them to e-mail without a separate infrastructure, and giving them access to client/server applications and other corporate resources as if they were on their laptops, all with seamless roaming. It provides enhanced security as well, with user authentication, device watermarking, device health checking, encryption and granular access controls.
Aventail Connect Mobile features and benefits now extended to smartphones include:
” Instant e-mail and access. Now, users of Windows Mobile smartphones and PDAs can get continual “push” e-mail from their Microsoft Exchange or Lotus iNotes servers without the risks of putting their email servers in the DMZ or exporting their corporate e-mail to a service provider. In addition, they can click on secured links in e-mails and immediately approve requisitions or review documents, instead of waiting to log in from a laptop.
” Seamless mobile roaming.Ã‚Â Smartphone users can change networks during their sessions without having to re-authenticate or re-launch the VPN.
” Mobile End Point Control. Windows Mobile devices are seamlessly interrogated to determine the appropriate level of trust for the device before access is granted. Ã‚Â Aventail can check for digital certificates or other corporate watermarks, level of OS patch, and whether other security products such as antivirus solutions are running.
” Granular access controls. Aventail Connect Mobile leverages the unified access control policies of the Aventail SSL VPN to limit access to sensitive corporate data based on user ID and device trust. There is no need to set up and manage different policies andÃ‚Â solutions to cover just mobileÃ‚Â devices.Ã‚Â Users can gain authorized access to any application on any device, as long as the device itself supports the application.
Aventail Connect Mobile for smartphones is now in beta, and will be generally available this summer. An add-on feature to Aventail’s SSL VPN solutions, Aventail Connect Mobile’s pricing starts at $995.00.