December 11, 2006 06:00 ET

Aventail's SSL VPN Named Best Standalone Solution by Top Independent Research Firm

Report by Independent Research Firm Cites Aventail as a Leader With the Top Scores for Strongest Core SSL VPN Platform, Best Manageability, Best Mobility Features, and "Best Long-Term Strategy"

SEATTLE, WA--(CCNMatthews - December 11, 2006) - Aventail Corporation announced today that a recently released Forrester Research report has declared Aventail a Leader for its best-of-breed SSL VPN solution. Titled "The Forrester Wave: SSL VPN Appliances, Q4 2006" (December 2006), this in-depth evaluation by Forrester pointed to Aventail's solution as the one that "scores highest among all vendors on the core SSL VPN functionality" and provides "the best manageability," "the strongest solution for mobile devices," and "the best out-of-box solution." In addition, the report pointed to Aventail's strong vision for the future.

"Aventail is the perennial No. 2 in the SSL VPN market...it lags the No. 1 vendor only because it lacks a broader security story, which Aventail has intentionally shied away from to maintain its purpose built solution," writes Robert Whiteley, principal author of the report. "The result is the best solution for IT and network administrators that are focused on providing application access without re-architecting the data center security perimeter."

The report evaluated leading SSL VPN appliance vendors across 57 criteria, giving Aventail the highest score in the following categories: Core SSL VPN Functionality, Manageability and Usability, Mobility Support, and overall Strategy, which includes Product Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Financial Resources, and Cost.

"Aventail has the best long-term strategy, which builds on its strength in endpoint security and authorization, to evolve into a broader application access control gateway -- a market that Forrester predicts will make the remote access VPN obsolete within three years," the report continues.

"Firms must extend application access to an increasing number of corporate assets as well as remote users...For many firms, the solution is to deploy SSL VPNs," states the report. SSL VPNs provide significant benefits, including: a streamlined technology that reduces operational costs; a framework for access control; sophisticated access methods; increased mobile device support; and enhanced endpoint security tools.

Forrester's report is the latest in a series of recent recognitions for Aventail by independent research organizations. For more information on Aventail's solutions or a complimentary copy of the Forrester Wave report, go to www.aventail.com.

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 a remote access control solution that is the easiest to use and easiest to control. Aventail 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 2.5 million end users around the globe, Aventail is the SSL VPN of choice among mid-sized to large-sized organizations worldwide, including AT&T, Chicago Housing Authority, DePaul University, DuPont, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), IBM Global Services, James Richardson International, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Overlake Hospital, Radiology Ltd., and Sanyo. For more information, go to www.aventail.com.

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