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Vornado Realty Trust Selects Whale’s SSL VPN to Provide Secure Remote Access to Key Financial Applications

One of Nations Largest REITS Uses Whale to Give Access to Business-Critical ERP and CRM Applications.

Fort Lee, NJ, August 11, 2005 – Whale Communications today announced that Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) selected Whale’s SSL VPN to give its selected employees secure anytime, anywhere access to core financial systems, bolstering productivity and employee satisfaction.

A fully integrated real estate company and one of the largest REITS in the nation, owning and/or managing approximately 87 million square feet of real estate, Vornado was looking for a technology solution that would allow them to provide their networked employees at various divisions anywhere access to business-critical applications. Vornado looked at several SSL VPN solutions and selected Whale for its ability to provide granular security control while maintaining an intuitive and easy user experience.

“We needed to extend the boundaries of our workplace,” said Nicholas Stello, Vice President of IT at Vornado. “The cyclical nature of SEC reporting occasionally requires some employees to work after normal business hours. Whale enables many of these employees to accomplish their tasks from the convenience of their homes. Vornado values an employee’s time very highly and this type of connectivity method satisfies the needs of both employee and employer. Whale allows us to provide a secure and easy method for accessing our portal which contains key ERP and CRM-based applications among others.”

Mr. Stello said that Vornado considered a number of other SSL VPNs and selected Whale after piloting it against other competitors. He found Whale’s portal to be very intuitive which will allow his team to effectively support a broader base of users.

“We wanted to increase productivity without compromising our security. Whale’s Air-Gap component allowed us to do that,” said Mr. Stello. “We found Whale’s ability in securing a published application quite extensive. Our evaluation of other SSL VPNs did not allow the degree of security stratification that we sought. Whale’s dynamic provisioning of application functionality ensured a high ROI while satisfying our security policy.”

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 and key business applications.

“We are pleased that Vornado selected Whale for its leading technology in terms of security and end-user functionality,” said Roger Pilc, CEO of Whale. “We are always delighted to hear that by providing a best-of-breed solution Whale has helped boost an enterprise’s bottom line.”

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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