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December 22, 2005

Whale teams with Microsoft to deliver network security appliance

Posted by David Hunter at 12:55 PM ET.

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.

Paul F. Roberts has more at eWeek as does Ian Hameroff at the Windows Server Division Weblog:

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.

You tend to only hear about Windows dedicated servers and server appliances in connection with Storage Server, but there’s more to it as the Windows Dedicated Server Solutions home page demonstrates.

Filed under Alliances, Coopetition, ISA Server, Server Appliances, Servers, Storage Server, Whale

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One Response to “Whale teams with Microsoft to deliver network security appliance”

  1. Microsoft buys Whale Communications -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] 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. [...]

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