SOURCE: Aventail

August 29, 2006 06:00 ET

Aventail Launches Worldwide Customer Training Program for SSL VPN; UK Distributor Sphinx Becomes 1st Partner to Showcase the Program

Overwhelming Success in North America and Increasing Customer Interest Creates Demand for Worldwide Availability

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- With the overwhelming success of Aventail's customer training program in North America, today leading SSL VPN provider Aventail launched the worldwide availability of its customer training programs with Sphinx, one of the UK's leading independent IT distributors and Aventail's distributor in the North European region. The training program offers customers an opportunity to optimize their knowledge of how to successfully secure the remote access needs of their company. More information on the program can be found at

"We created this training program because customers were looking for more detailed information on advanced features for added security and end user ease-of-use, as well as how to accelerate the ROI for their Aventail solution," said Chris Manly, training manager at Aventail. "We launched the North America program in January 2006, and we have seen our classes fill up two to three months in advance. With so many customers coming from overseas, it was a natural progression to offer it internationally."

About the Customer Program

Using feedback from customers and partners, Aventail designed its training program to address customers' interests and security needs. Customers are instructed by certified experts and experience hands-on lab training to learn how to solve real-world problems. Each course is designed as a three-day session with lectures, demonstrations, videos and exercises. The information provided includes: the administration and management of the Aventail SSL VPN appliance; enabling secure access from Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile and other mobile devices; secure authentication and appropriate End Point Control requirements; customization of the portal; and troubleshooting. It also gives participants a checklist of security best practices.

"We are proud to offer Aventail's customer training program to our UK customers," said Mark Hatton, Managing Director, Sphinx. "Already we have 20 customers signed up to take classes in Nottingham and Maidenhead. We look forward to partnering together on this effort."

Sphinx will be begin offering classes after September 1, 2006 and are taking sign-ups now. Information on class schedules can be found at

About Sphinx

As one of the UK's leading independent IT Distributors, Sphinx provides substantial value added services to complement the range of technology products it supplies, from market leaders and innovators in the Database, Security, Networking and Operating Systems arenas. It constantly strives to deliver best-value technology and can offer a breadth of product range that is unrivalled in our industry. Acting as intermediary, Sphinx is able to put your customers in touch with market-winning products from credible Vendor Partners from around the world. With a wealth of experience and expertise we believe Sphinx is uniquely placed to help Reseller Partners to successfully develop appropriate, cost-effective technology solutions, right for their market and their customers. More information can be found at:

About Aventail

Aventail is the best-of-breed remote-access company. Aventail delivered the first SSL VPN solution in 1997 and today is a market leader, delivering the easiest to use and control remote-access solution. Aventail Smart SSL VPN appliances provide users with transparent, clientless access to more applications from more devices via any network environment. For network managers, Aventail delivers a single secure access gateway for all users, internal and external, to all network resources with complete security. With more than two million end users around the globe, Aventail is the SSL VPN of choice among mid to large-sized organizations worldwide, including AT&T, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chicago Housing Authority, DuPont, Radiology Ltd, James Richardson International, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Overlake Hospital, IBM Global Services, and hundreds more. For more information, go to

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