Citrix Systems, the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, today announced that it captured the number one position for unit market share of SSL VPN gateways in the fourth quarter of 2005, according to Infonetics Research Inc.’s recently published ‘Network Security Appliances and Software’ report. In addition to leading all SSL VPN vendors in units shipped, Citrix also moved up into the number two position in overall revenue market share in Q4 2005. The new ranking comes just one year after Citrix entered the SSL VPN market, in January 2005, with its new Citrix Access Gateway™ product line.
“The surprisingly rapid success of Citrix in just one year’s time demonstrates clearly that the SSL VPN market is still vibrant and growing,” said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for VPNs and security at Infonetics Research. “As ever greater numbers of businesses look to provide secure and flexible access to their increasingly mobile employees, Citrix is well positioned to use its considerable channel and installed base to continue growing its presence and driving the expansion of the SSL VPN market as a whole.”
In January of 2005, Citrix introduced for the first time the Access Gateway line of SSL VPN appliances to its 5,000 plus channel partners and 180,000 existing customers. Since then, Access Gateway has been enthusiastically embraced by customers of all sizes as a way to securely extend access to a wide variety of enterprise applications and resources. Unlike traditional SSL VPN products, Access Gateway includes Citrix® SmartAccess technology that gives administrators fine-grained control over what actions users can take with the applications they access—such as view, edit, save or print—based on who they are, where they are located, and what kind of device they are using.
In February 2006, Citrix expanded its popular Access Gateway product line at the high end by introducing the new Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise Edition, offering customers increased scalability and performance for the most complex and demanding enterprise environments.
“The remarkable first-year success of Access Gateway is a clear indication that customers are hungry for vendors who can give them more than just a traditional VPN device. What they are really looking for are partners who can provide a complete access infrastructure, allowing them to deliver a truly ‘best access experience’ for the users they support,” said Wes Wasson, vice-president of marketing and product strategy, Application Networking Group, Citrix. “Citrix is grateful to the thousands of Access Gateway customers who put their trust in us last year. We value their business and are committed to growing our market position in SSL VPNs through continued innovation, an aggressive channel strategy and relentless execution.”