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VPN access with onboard load balancing and firewall.

Stonesoft Networks : 21 November, 2007  (New Product)
Secure firewall and high network availability across virtual private networks are now combined in one appliance from Stongate with the release of the SSL VPN 1.1 fault tolerant gateway.
Stonesoft introduces the new, Windows Vista compatible, StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 for fault-tolerant connectivity and enhanced ease of use.

StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 provides reliable connectivity, ensuring highly available services with fully assured access points. Fault-tolerant sessions are enabled with two appliances that form a mirrored access-point pair. Combined with StoneGate Firewall and its inbuilt load balancing functionality, StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 ensures not only secure access but also undisturbed information availability.

"StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 is an ideal solution for organisations that want to provide flexible mobile access to critical business information at any time, from anywhere, and with any device. StoneGate SSL VPN offers total mobility, efficient security and ultimate ease of administration in a single solution", says Katriina Maanoja, Product Marketing Manager at Stonesoft. "With StoneGate SSL VPN, organisations can improve their efficiency and stay ahead of the competition by acting on up-to-date information."

In the unlikely case of an access point failure, the end user session can be automatically directed to a functioning access point without any delay or disturbance. Back-up configuration is realised in active-active mode so that under normal circumstances, both SSL VPN appliances act as regular SSL VPN access points, sharing the access load and providing additional capacity for the SSL portal. This way, every appliance investment can be fully utilised even in backed-up networks. The secondary access point can also be placed in a different geographical location, which allows companies to efficiently meet disaster recovery requirements.

StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 takes ease of use to a new level for both users and administrators. The new, advanced features include extended single sign-on. Whereas previously single sign-on has been limited to only web applications, now users can also access the most common applications with a single username and password.

For administrators, the new StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 provides, among other things, a tool for easy configuration of end-user single sign-on. The adaptive, self-configuring setup tool examines the login page of the application and automatically configures the settings, thus making the implementation even easier than before.

Both administrators and users benefit from the ActiveSync functionality for Microsoft Office, which provides an easy yet securexway to keep e-mails and calendars up-to-date. Thus, organisations no longer need to choose between investing in a separate push mail application or using the continuous, but often costly webmail connectivity. Moreover, with the new device lock mechanism for ActiveSync, StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 provides increased security, in case, for example, the device is lost or stolen, ensuring that company confidential information cannot be exploited.

StoneGate SSL VPN 1.1 will be available for shipping in January 2008.
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