Tuesday, 28 July 2009

NeoAccel Offers Third Generation SSL VPN on VMware

NeoAccel recently announced the VMware version of SSL VPN-Plus -- its flagship product. The third generation SSL-VPN product is aimed at replacing IPSec (IP Security) and to address issues faced on conventional SSL VPNs which can suffer from the 'TCP-over-TCP meltdown' and degraded client-server application performance. According to a Gartner study in December 2008, even though IPsec VPNs are still popular for remote access, market innovations continue to center on the use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPNs as replacements or augmentations for legacy VPNs. SSL VPNs have emerged over IPSec VPNs due to the ease of implementation, policy and network access controls, with the ability to deliver security protections on demand. According to the Gartner study, SSL VPNs are also easy to set up in their default role as application portals, and offer respectable performance for tunneled Layer 3 traffic.

NeoAccel's offering of SSL VPN-Plus under VMware consists of three options:

SSL VPN-Plus and NAC-Plus running on an existing VMware Server platform
This offering is available online, at a price, as virtual appliances that will run on a VMware ESX Server. With these virtual appliances, network administrators can benefits from a virtualized infrastructure including on-demand replication, scalability, and backup of the VMware environment without the hassles of buying and maintaining hardware.
SSL VPN-Plus on VMware is ideal for disaster recovery (DR) situations by being able to replicate one SSL VPN-Plus image to many and provide hundred times the number of normal concurrent users on demand. Since virtualization ensures minimal downtime while making changes to the remote access infrastructure, administrators can upgrade and test a second SSL VPN-Plus gateway without disrupting the production gateway.

SSL VPN-Plus Evaluation Virtual Appliance for the VMware Player
This vitual appliance can be downloaded and tested using VMware player. The virtual appliance is an active version of SSL VPN-Plus. This will effectively turn a laptop or an under-utilized PC into an SSL VPN-Plus Gateway, in under fifteen minutes. The setup involves registration on the NeoAccel website, followed by e-mail verification, and an unrestricted 10 concurrent user license for 30-days.

Globally Managed SSL VPN-Plus Farm for ASPs/MSPs/ISPs
This offering is specifically meant for managed service providers/Internet service providers (MSP/ISP). NeoAccel will provide 10 Gbps SSL VPN performance on its SGX-5200 appliance which will enable service providers to take advantage of the VMware operating environment provisioning, cloning, and managing SSL VPN-Plus Gateways on the fly with a global manager.
The SGX-5200 supports up to 128 individual virtual machines, enabling MSPs/ISPs to offer customers 'compartmentalized', secured access with flexibility and scalability.

According to NeoAccel all versions of SSL VPN-Plus on VMware are fully functional SSL VPN-Plus gateways built as a zero-administration IPSec replacement. Standard features include clientless and full access clients, end point security, GUI-based administration, mobile VPN, secure desktop support and more.

VPN buyers can conveniently" download a virtual image of SSL VPN Plus. Network administrators can experience the user and management interfaces and observe how SSL VPN-Plus fits within their current network setup all without the logistics of a hardware appliance.

NeoAccel is a growing remote access solution company with a number of high-profile customers including Xerox, Alcatel, Deloitte, Moser Baer, Cipla and Indian Overseas Bank. To download and evaluate a fully functional version of SSL VPN-Plus, visit the VCOMM Security web site.
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