SOURCE: Aventail

September 19, 2005 07:00 ET

Aventail Announces Secure Mobile Access Solution for PDAs and Smart Phones

Aventail Mobile Provides Easy Access to Web-Based and Client/Server Applications With Full Security and Control for Administrators

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2005 -- Leading SSL VPN product company Aventail today announced its Secure Mobile Access Solution for PDAs and Smart Phones. Aventail Mobile is the market's most complete SSL VPN for mobile devices, providing easy access to applications from virtually any mobile device with complete security and granular access control. Aventail Mobile supports all major operating systems, including Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, DoCoMo, and Symbian.

Unlike other mobile access solutions, Aventail is the only one to provide one gateway and a common management and user experience for all devices, whether a home PC, laptop, kiosk or mobile device. For administrators, Aventail Mobile is integrated into Aventail's centralized policy model, making it easy to set-up and control mobile device access, saving time and money. Users access applications on their mobile device via the same URL and authentication method they use for access on other systems.

Aventail Mobile also optimizes the application content on each mobile device, so a user automatically receives access only to those applications that are appropriate for his device, rather than being shown links to applications that would never work. For example, a user on a Smart Phone would only receive a link to Outlook Mobile Access and not to Outlook Web Access, which they would receive if accessing from a kiosk or home PC. This mobile intelligence increases productivity by making it easy for the user to quickly access the information needed and eliminates the pain of clicking on a link that is inappropriate for a mobile device. No other SSL or IPSec VPN-based mobile solution on the market today is able to do this.

"Remote access is becoming increasingly complex, with internal and external users wanting access from multiple devices, and administrators and users have to often use multiple remote access solutions," commented Peter Rysavy, principal, Rysavy Research, a wireless technology consulting firm that works with many of the leading wireless industry companies. "This new Aventail solution is exactly what companies need, because it provides administrators and users with a remote access solution that ensures security with mobile devices while providing one gateway and a common experience for all devices accessing the network."

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly prevalent among today's workforce, with an estimated 15 million PDAs and 30 million Smart Phones hitting the market in 2005. Email is the killer application with Smart Phones, while on the PDA front, companies are increasingly using managed PDAs for vertical specific applications, such as CRM, supply chain, salesforce and field productivity applications.

The Aventail solution includes two access options: WorkPlace Mobile and Connect Mobile. WorkPlace Mobile is a customized Web portal, allowing easy, clientless access to Web-based applications from any mobile device. Connect Mobile is a light-weight, Web-deployed agent that provides Windows Mobile PDA users with broad access to both Web and client/server applications.

To ensure security and control, Aventail Mobile is integrated into Aventail's Unified Policy and End Point Control functions. Mobile devices are only allowed access based on user identity and security of the device. Aventail technology interrogates the end point and classifies the device into a Policy Zone, allowing access only to authorized and relevant applications. Importantly, authorized users are only given access directly to named resources with no direct network connection, unlike IPSec and other solutions that give open network access to devices.

"As mobile devices populate and play a larger role in enterprise networks, it is imperative that SSL VPNs embrace this capability," said Evan Kaplan, CEO and president, Aventail. "We believe that individual mobile gateways will go away, and these features and capabilities will be built into SSL VPN platforms, which are quickly becoming the application gateway for all devices, resources, and users."

Pricing and Availability

The Aventail Secure Mobile Access Solution will be available in Q4 2005. WorkPlace Mobile will be included in the overall Aventail Smart SSL VPN platform. Connect Mobile is an add-on feature priced starting at $995.00.

About Aventail

Aventail is the leading SSL VPN product 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 one million end users in over 75 countries. Aventail's family of SSL VPN appliances increases productivity for end users and IT professionals, while maximizing security and lowering costs. Aventail appliances are built on Aventail's proven platform, which leads 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. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Aventail has an extensive global network of channel partners and sales support offices. For more information, go to

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