SOURCE: AEP Networks

September 19, 2006 08:00 ET

AEP Networks Announces Latest Generation Netilla Security Platform (NSP) SSL VPN Product

New NSP Version Adds Load Balancing and Improved Secure Remote Access to Windows Terminal Server and Legacy Applications

SOMERSET, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- AEP Networks, the leader in Policy Networking solutions, today introduced the latest version of its AEP Netilla Security Platform (NSP) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN). The NSP Release 5.4 includes several performance improvements, new certifications, improvements to the administrator web interface, and new features such as load balancing for failover and scalability. It also includes seamless integration with PowerTerm® WebConnect from Ericom Software to provide improved access to applications residing on Windows Terminal Servers and legacy host systems such as IBM Mainframe (zSeries), IBM Midrange (iSeries), UNIX, Linux, OpenVMS, Tandem and more.

Integration with PowerTerm WebConnect

The integration of AEP's NSP and Ericom's Server Based Computing (SBC) solution, PowerTerm WebConnect, addresses everyday business challenges such as remote application access, remote desktop management, business continuity, and privacy of information. This integrated offering enables organizations to provide end-to-end secure remote access to applications for branch offices, employees working from home, contractors, suppliers and business partners in a managed, secure manner.

The NSP / PowerTerm WebConnect integration is a result of a co-development partnership between AEP and Ericom. Ericom is a provider of enterprise-wide application access solutions. PowerTerm WebConnect, when used with the NSP SSL VPN for remote access security, provides the market with a robust, secure and affordable alternative to Citrix® Presentation Server and Citrix Access Gateway. In addition to Windows and legacy application access, PowerTerm WebConnect provides GoToMyPC®-like remote desktop access, centralized administration & management tools, a pcAnywhere®-like remote user support tool, and more. The product integration supports seamless NSP webtop display and NSP policy enforced access to PowerTerm WebConnect enabled applications. The PowerTerm WebConnect product adds significant value to native Microsoft RDP Terminal Services environments with features including application publishing with True Seamless Windows, Windows Terminal Server load balancing and more.

Ericom Founder and CEO Eran Heyman commented, "For organizations with remote users, secure access of mission-critical applications is a primary concern. The AEP and Ericom offering addresses these concerns with a robust and secure application access solution for anywhere, anytime access. The joint offering creates an agile IT environment that increases overall user productivity and efficiency -- reducing TCO and increasing ROI."

Load Balancing

The availability of the AEP Netilla Security Platform Load Balancer (NSP-LB) introduces a new, cost-effective addition to AEP's SSL VPN product family. The NSP-LB is a load-balancing and traffic management appliance, designed to provide scalability and high availability for the NSP SSL VPN cluster. The NSP-LB integrates seamlessly into an organization's network infrastructure, bringing reliability, scale, and higher performance to an application access environment.

The new NSP-LB platform is available in two models:

--  Active-Active Failover Model (NSP-LBF) -- Limited to managing two
    NSPs, this is an entry-level appliance providing resilience and fault
    tolerance.
--  Active-Active Cluster Model (NSP-LBC) -- Providing enterprise
    performance and scalability by enabling high availability (HA) support for
    multiple (up to 10) NSP units in a local cluster, this appliance is suited
    for larger SSL VPN application clusters with up to 15,000 concurrent users.
    
The NSP-LB supports load balancing of all NSP services (Tunnel, Web/IPF, Thin) and all NSP hardware. It also improves reliability of the NSP remote access service by checking the health status of all NSPs in a cluster. By continually monitoring the health, failed appliances are automatically detected and removed from the cluster until they recover. The license pool of an "un-healthy" NSP in cluster will be used as long as possible.

"The NSP-LB is well-suited for enterprises that need clustering and high availability to ensure anytime access to critical applications," said Reginald P. Best, EVP/GM Application Security Business at AEP Networks. "This new NSP system provides a strong foundation for businesses to offer secure remote access while scaling their technology as they grow."

Availability

Release 5.4 of the NSP, including NSP-LB, will be available to customers beginning in late October 2006.

The NSP 5.4 product will be demonstrated at AEP Networks' exhibit booth during Interop New York 2006 from September 19-21, 2006 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

About NSP

AEP Networks' award-winning NSP product enables enterprises to provide secure access to corporate resources using any web-enabled device and over a range of access networks, regardless of location. The NSP is a full function SSL VPN that is especially adept at securing Terminal Services environments:

--  Microsoft Windows Terminal Servers (WTS)
--  Citrix Presentation Server
--  Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect for Windows Terminal Server and legacy
    host access
--  Unix X-windows
    
The NSP supports web application and client-server (including VoIP) application access security. It provides a powerful combination of application access, authentication, and policy enforcement at the network edge. With NSP, organizations benefit from superior ease of use and management, integrated endpoint security and optimized performance and scalability.

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks (www.aepnetworks.com) offers a comprehensive Policy Networking solution that provides complete security starting at the endpoints and working throughout a network -- from the edge to the core. AEP's integrated portfolio of security products includes network access control enforcement points, identity-based application security gateways, SSL VPNs, IPSec-based VPN encryptors, and hardware security modules for key management. Our products address the most demanding security requirements of public-sector organizations and commercial enterprises worldwide. The company is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, with offices worldwide.

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