Whale Communications has announced a partnership with Microsoft to deliver a network security appliance for mid-tier enterprises:
Whale today announced that it is working with Microsoft to offer an integrated access solution combining Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway and Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004. This technology will provide one of the first solutions in the market to deliver IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, endpoint security and application security components in a single secure appliance.
The next generation access appliance will provide mid-tier enterprises with an easy to use solution for end-users and an easy to manage solution for IT professionals. It will enable anywhere access by a broader set of users to a broader set of applications and network resources than traditional access devices.
Whale’s hardware/software solution enables enterprises to leverage their existing application and network infrastructures to deliver hybrid IPSec tunneling and application layer SSL VPN access – accompanied by best-of-breed endpoint and application security — based on organizational needs and policies all from a single, secure and easily manageable gateway appliance.
On Monday, we announced that Microsoft and Whale Communications are teaming up to deliver an integrated access solution that combines ISA Server 2004 with Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway. This integration creates one of the industry’s first edge security solutions to offer both IPsec and SSL VPN capabilities in a single, easy to manage appliance.
…it’s great to see even more evidence that our partners are turning to the Windows Server System platform and security technologies to build their products on. I was in the Security Business and Technology Unit when we launched the ISA Server 2004 appliance initiative (in fact I worked on Mike Nash’s keynote where we demoed this for the first time at TechEd 2004) and this announcement further demonstrates the growth and momentum in Windows-based appliance space.