Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Whale Communications Ltd., a leading provider of secure access products, including secure sockets layer (SSL) virtual private networks (VPN) and Web application firewalls. Whale’s solutions provide remote access, deep content inspection and granular access control, enabling businesses to protect corporate applications and data when accessed remotely by mobile workers, partners and customers. The acquisition will give Microsoft’s customers a broader range of choices for providing secure access from more locations and devices.
… Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Security, Access and Solutions Division at Microsoft. “We got a lot of positive feedback from customers on that offering,” he said.
Whale’s products have a number of capabilities not presently offered in the ISA Server, including the ability to make VPN (virtual private network) connections based on the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol, as well as software that allows the product to be integrated with business applications.
“Our intent is to bring these together as one secure access offering,” Kummert said, referring to the ISA Server and Whale’s technology.