Leading Retailer of Premium Quality Doughnuts Provides Franchisees and Employees Secure Anywhere Access to Applications, Boosting Productivity.
Fort Lee, NJ, March 22, 2005 - Whale Communications today announced that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (KKD) selected Whale's SSL VPN to deliver secure remote access to its franchisees and employees, increasing productivity through anywhere access to their business-critical portal.
Headquartered in North Carolina, Krispy Kreme is a leading branded specialty retailer of premium quality doughnuts, including the Company's signature Hot Original Glazed. Krispy Kreme, which currently operates more than 400 stores in 45 U.S. states, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of South Korea and the United Kingdom, was looking for a technology solution to provide secure access from any web browser to their advanced business portal.
"We wanted to give secure access to our web-based business portal," said Sam Gray, Director of Technical Services at Krispy Kreme. "It was paramount for us to maintain the strictest security while providing an easy to use system for the non-IT end-user. We wanted to take the business applications that we have developed over the years and put them online in a secure way that franchise owners and store managers could easily use from any computer."
The portal also provides employees access to email, weather, and news as well as other applications.
"We tested a number of SSL VPN products before selecting Whale's solution," Gray said. "Whale's SSL VPN was the only one that actually worked in our environment. We couldn't provide access to the portal via the other solutions we evaluated."
Selected by Network Computing Magazine as the best SSL VPN solution in 2004, Whale's technology offers exceptional flexibility. Its Application AwareT approach provides deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced user experience and easy integration into existing network infrastructures. This translates into more remote access hours spent by companies' employees and partners, leading to a significant increase in productivity.
"We are pleased that we were able to provide a leading enterprise like Krispy Kreme the ability to increase their productivity by securely extending their key business applications to their franchises and employees," said Daniel Steiner, President of Whale. "The fact that we were the only SSL VPN that Krispy Kreme found was capable of providing this access attests to the difference between an Application Aware SSL VPN and generic SSL VPN approach. Our ability to do both, with a unique emphasis on the application, yet again shows the value-added of this approach by boosting remote working productivity. We are committed to maintaining a technology lead and delivering a best-of-breed solution."
About Krispy Kreme
Founded in 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Krispy Kreme is a leading branded specialty retailer of premium quality doughnuts, including the Company's signature Hot Original Glazed. Krispy Kreme currently operates more than 400 stores in 45 U.S. states, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of South Korea and the United Kingdom. Krispy Kreme can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.krispykreme.com.
About Whale Communications
Whale Communications is the leading enterprise-class SSL VPN vendor, enabling companies to provide employees, business partners and customers secure access to corporate data and applications from any web browser. Named a leader, visionary and tier-one SSL VPN player by major analysts such as Gartner, META Group, Forrester and Frost & Sullivan, Whale's SSL VPN products have also won numerous industry awards such as Network Computing magazine's Best SSL VPN for 2004. Its solutions have been securing enterprises worldwide since it was founded in 1998. Privately held, Whale is funded by prominent venture firms and industry leaders, including Goldman Sachs, Soros Private Equity Partners and the BRM Group, the founding investor of Check Point Software Technologies. The company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has international offices in Israel, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
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