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May 19, 2006

Microsoft buys Whale Communications

Posted by David Hunter at 12:07 AM ET.

Press release:

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.

Last December Microsoft teamed with Whale for a joint offering of a network security appliance and that collaboration apparently led to the acquisition:

… 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.

Filed under Acquisitions, ISA Server, Microsoft, Servers

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One Response to “Microsoft buys Whale Communications”

  1. Microsoft acquisition of Whale Communications closes -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The Microsoft acquisition of Whale Communications announced in May closed today. Press release: Microsoft Corp. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Whale Communications Ltd., strengthening Microsoft’s secure access platform ( Whale’s best-of-breed product line includes the Intelligent Application Gateway, which combines Whale’s secure sockets layer (SSL)-based access and application protection technologies with Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server. To mark the deal close, Microsoft is providing a special price promotion for all current and new customers. [...]

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