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Whale Communications Achieves Leader Status in META Group’s Evaluation of SSL VPN Market

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Fort Lee, NJ, September 16, 2004 – Whale Communications today announced that it has been ranked as a market leader in META Group’s METAspectrumSM report for SSL Virtual Private Networks (VPN). META Group is a leading provider of information technology (IT) research, advisory services and strategic consulting.

The new METAspectrum evaluation provides an objective assessment of companies providing Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN). The SSL VPN market is characterized by products – often referred to as application security gateways – used primarily to provide secure remote access to applications.
Whale, a provider of application aware secure remote access solutions, was positioned in the leader segment of the METAspectrum analysis and was specifically recognized for its strength in its ability to deliver high degrees of application-specific filtering and attack protection.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a market leader in the METAspectrum based on the security and flexibility our remote access technology is providing large enterprises around the world,” said Whale’s President Daniel Steiner. “The META Group’s in depth analysis of the SSL VPN space provides a valuable information tool to enterprises looking to boost productivity without compromising on security.”

Whale’s e-Gap Remote Access solutions are at the forefront of technology development in the SSL VPN market and are setting the security standard for anywhere remote access. Whale’s application aware technology, optimized for access to leading applications, also delivers the utmost flexibility. Whale’s solutions provide deep levels of security policy granularity, enhance user experience and easily integrate and leverage existing network infrastructures. This translates into more remote access hours spent by companies’ employees and partners leading to a significant increase in productivity.

“With enterprises looking to bolster productivity they should consider SSL VPN as a cost-effective and highly secure method of providing remote access to employees, partners and customers,” said Mark Bouchard, META Group Senior Program Director.” “We developed METAspectrum to enable IT professionals to quickly evaluate vendors based on their ability to deliver on the presence and performance criteria that matter most in a given market.”

About METAspectrum
META Group’s METAspectrumSM methodology provides a framework for evaluating or selecting an appropriate IT vendor or product, simplifies the decision process, and enables more effective technology investments. META Group’s research efforts, which adhere to the company’s commitment to objectivity, are conducted independently, based on industry best-practice methodologies and subject to the highest levels of review by META Group’s research community. To learn more about METAspectrum, visit or call 800-945-META.
METAspectrumSM market evaluations and results are the sole property of META Group, Inc. Permission to use the results requires prior written approval from META Group and should not be deemed an endorsement of any company or product. Copyright © 2004 META Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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About Whale Communications
Whale Communications, the leading enterprise-class SSL VPN vendor, is enabling companies to provide employees and partners secure access to corporate data and applications from any web browser. Its award-winning 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 and Germany.
Whale Communications, e-Gap, Application Aware, Attachment Wiper, Whale and the Whale logo are trademarks of Whale Communications Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders. For more information about Whale visit:

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