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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So thanks to I noticed this little note yesterday.

So, late last week it was MS buying Softgrid, now it's Whale to add SSL-VPN's to the bag of tricks, what must the Management at Citrix be thinking....????? 

So how must this be going down at Citrix as they realise that the - as yet unreleased - Tarpon and AIE could be under threat by the Company that provides Terminal Servers? (I know......  TS is running on Citrix's MultiWin core - but they did agree to sell it way back...  right? ;-) and now MS are trying to muscle in on the SSL-VPN space as well?

Does anyone want to bet on which company they might buy next? I wonder who does something like Netscaler devices?........    ;-))

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.

“Our customers are faced with balancing the need to protect their data and network infrastructure with the connectivity needs of an increasingly mobile work force,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Security, Access and Solutions Division at Microsoft. “We are committed to providing a comprehensive secure access platform that helps customers easily extend and manage the reach of their information systems. The acquisition of Whale’s complementary technologies is a key part of meeting that commitment. Whale is a pioneer in Windows®-based SSL VPN and Web application firewalls that help protect and provide more secure access to high-value business applications while tightly integrating with critical IT infrastructure.”

Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway and Application Optimizers will add complementary SSL VPN and comprehensive application-layer filtering capabilities to Microsoft’s existing secure access solutions built around Microsoft® Windows Server™ and Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), which provide site-to-site and remote access VPN and application publishing. Together, these technologies offer remote workers simplified access from more locations and a broader range of managed and unmanaged devices, including PCs, Internet kiosks and mobile devices. When used with Windows services such as Active Directory®, the solution enables IT administrators to better control and enforce information usage guidelines through customized policies based on device, user, application or other business criteria.

“We built our company and technologies around the key customer requirement of secure, anywhere, anytime remote access to business applications,” said Roger Pilc, CEO of Whale Communications. “We’re excited about what this acquisition will mean for our customers given Microsoft’s focus on providing policy-based secure access to information assets from beyond the corporate network.”

“Enterprises, both large and small, are looking for easier, more flexible, secure remote access options,” said Charles Kolodgy, research director for the Security Products program at IDC. “This acquisition means customers will have a compelling offering from Microsoft that brings together the benefits of application protection, platform integration and broad access.”

Whale Communications will maintain all current operations until the transaction closes. Continue At Source

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Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:15 AM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools , Security | Back to top

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