Aventail’s SSL VPN ST2 Replacement of Leading IPSec VPNs Demonstrates Growing Market Trend

By | October 3, 2006

Leading SSL VPN company Aventail today announced that hundreds of organizations all over the world, including Norwich University, Chicago Housing Authority, Mitsubishi Electronic Power Products, and Mississippi Department of Corrections, have replaced their IPSec VPN solutions with Aventail’s SSL VPN for everywhere access with complete control and security.

Aventail’s SSL VPN replaces IPSec VPNs by offering a single secure gateway that enables network administrators to detect the identity and integrity of end points—including Windows, Linux, Mac and mobile platforms, protect access to all application resources with granular access policy, and connect users seamlessly from both managed and unmanaged devices via any network environment. Aventail’s SSL VPN provides easy-to-use, secure access to any application from desktops and laptops and Windows Mobile PDAs, as well as access to any Web application from any mobile device.

“With today’s workers being mobile—working from home, from the office or from the road—SSL VPNs, not IPSec VPNs, are the only practical solution for secure remote access,” said Sarah Daniels, VP Marketing, Aventail.

Designed for site-to-site communications between branch offices, IPSec VPNs were an economical way to extend the corporate network to remote offices over the public Internet, avoiding the cost of private wide area network connections. IPSec VPNs, however, do not detect the health of the end point device, do not protect with granular access controls, require a time-consuming installation on end devices, and do not provide access from unmanaged devices. When compared to IPSec VPNs, SSL VPNs are less costly to manage, eliminate the security risks of open-by-default tunnels, and offer a simpler, easier experience for employees and business partners who need access to a wide range of applications and remote locations. Aventail’s ST2 SSL VPN provides secure, everywhere access to any application or resource including Web, legacy, client/server, back-connect, and file transfer applications as well as terminal servers and mainframe computers while providing granular control and ease of use for the highest level of security, manageability, and productivity available in any VPN solution.

“We were using Cisco’s IPsec VPN, but we have replaced it with Aventail’s SSL VPN,” said Rich Quelch, Network Manager, Norwich University, the oldest private military institute in the country. “Our professors, staff and administrators use the Aventail solution to access their email, files and presentations, our database, and various other applications. Additionally, there are a number of significant productivity, ease of use, and ease of management improvements over our old IPSec solution.”

With Aventail’s SSL VPN, professors, staff and Administrators at Norwich University can access their resources clientlessly – or virtually clientlessly – from both University-owned and privately owned devices. In addition, a number of Norwich University users live in rural areas where they count on satellite connections, which didn’t work on their old IPSec VPN. Transition to the Aventail solution was easy—Aventail’s solution is network independent, works seamlessly over satellite and provided quick and easy set up for IT staff and an intuitive interface for end users.

Other customers, including the Mississippi Department of Corrections, had similar experiences. “We had tried Cisco’s IPSec VPN and looked at other VPNs, but ultimately standardized on Aventail’s SSL VPN platform,” said Glenn Becker, IT Manager, Mississippi Department of Corrections. “Aventail was the only vendor that provided us with an easy-to-use seamless end user experience and increased security for secure remote access.”

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