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April 5, 2004

F5 ramps up SSL VPN interoperability

F5 Networks Inc, expanding its SSL VPN strategy, yesterday announced a set of interoperability partnerships with companies in the terminal server, client security, global roaming, and single sign-on spaces.

By CBR Staff Writer

The company acquired its FirePass controller product line last year. This first big partnership announcement since the acquisition closed deals with making FirePass integrate more easily with existing access control systems.

Microsoft and Citrix terminal services are now supported, the firm said. Users will be able to access these servers with their browser rather than a terminal client. Access terminal services is a fairly standard SSL VPN feature.

FirePass can now also tie into Network Associates’ client security software. The FirePass applet can check McAfee anti-virus and personal firewall software is turned on before allowing remote users to access the VPN.

FirePass VPNs can now also be accessed via the client software from iPass and Fiberlink, two companies that provide roaming internet access to corporations. Fiberlink already also offers NetScreen’s SSL VPN as a managed service.

Finally, F5 said SSO and identity management software from Netegrity and Oblix, two of the leaders in the space, can be used to authenticate remote users and pass a credential in the form of a cookie to the FirePass before allowing user access to the VPN.

This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire

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