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Whale’s e-Gap Appliance Named the Best SSL VPN By Network Computing Magazine

Whale’s SSL VPN Wins Magazine’s Prestigious Well-Connected Award

Las Vegas, NV. May 11, 2004 – Whale Communications, the leading Application AwareT SSL VPN vendor, today announced that CMP Media LLC’s Network Computing magazine named it the best SSL VPN solution. The magazine’s editors selected Whale’s e-Gap® Remote Access Appliance 3.0 over other security finalists Juniper Networks NetScreen – SA 5000 and Nokia’s Secure Access System 1.0.

“The Well-Connected Awards are the only industry awards given by technologists based on real-world product testing and evaluation. We view all products, technologies and services from the same perspective as our readers – our peers – do,” said Fritz Nelson, VP and Group Publisher of Network Computing Enterprise Architecture Group. “This is an important distinction from any other award program – the products selected in the Well-Connected Awards are unique because they have been tested over an enterprise by our editors themselves. They are truly innovative solutions that work.”

The publication also tested other SSL VPNs in their labs including products from Aventail, Nortel Networks and PortWise.
Whale’s technology is unique in the level of flexibility it offers. It provides deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced user experience and easily integrates and leverages existing network infrastructures. This translates into more Remote Access hours spent by companies’ employees leading to a significant increase in productivity. By providing “application aware security” Whale’s e-Gap Remote Access Appliance is the ultimate secure access layer. It has built-in support for key applications and the ability to learn additional applications with ease.

“We are thrilled that Network Computing editors who tested the products in real world environments found Whale’s to be the best for the enterprise,” said Daniel Steiner, president of Whale Communications. “With so many SSL VPN products in the market, each with distinct offerings, it is important that an in-depth technical evaluation, like the one in Network Computing, has its say.”

Regarding Whale’s future plans, Steiner added: “There is a remote access revolution underway and Whale is driving the technology innovations through its Integrated Access Platform to ensure that enterprises can reap the benefits of remote access today, by providing it to employees, and tomorrow by extending it to partners, customers and web services. We will continue to invest heavily in research and development in order to provide cutting edge solutions that enable enterprises to harness the Internet from any place on any device.”

Scores of Fortune 1000 and Global 1000 companies including Loews, Dominion Resources, Powergen, Ryland Group and Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) have selected Whale’s e-Gap Appliance to provide remote access.

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, and the Whale logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Whale Communications Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders. For more information about Whale visit:

About Network Computing
For IT, By IT, Network Computing (, published by CMP Media LLC, Manhasset, N.Y., is dedicated to providing critical analysis of technologies, vendors and products to 220,000 IT Managers and Staff who are accountable for strategic technology purchase decisions. In 2003, Network Computing won a total of four awards from the American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE), including a national award in the Best Technical Article category.

Aimee Rhodes

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