Microsoft has announced the availability of Intelligent Application Gateway 2007, the company’s new security access solution that combines virtual private networking technology acquired from Whale Communication and Web application firewall.
“To thrive in today’s fast-paced interconnected world, businesses need to balance secure access with protecting applications and network infrastructure,” said Margaret Arakawa, senior director of the Security and Access Product Group at Microsoft. “Building on our line-of-edge security and access products — ISA Server and IAG — we will continue to bring innovative and flexible solutions to our customers, and build on our vision to provide secure, seamless connections in today’s always-on, always-connected world.”
With the new integrated solution, Microsoft also introduced a new pricing and licensing model to make SSL VPNs more cost-effective for small businesses. Businesses will now enjoy all-in-on pricing for the gateway, and all Intelligent Application Optimizers, Network Connectors and security modules developed for business-critical applications.
In addition, client access licenses will now be based on the number of authenticated users or devices connecting to the Intelligent Application Gateway, rather than on concurrent users.