Microsoft has unveiled its Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 secure sockets layer virtual private networking appliance.
The offering combines the secure web application firewall obtained in Microsoft's acquisition of Whale Communications in July 2006, with the software giant's Internet Security and Acceleration Server.
"Web-based remote access is becoming ubiquitous for companies big and small, " said IDC analyst Charles Kolodgy.
"The need to provide access from diverse endpoints to multiple applications makes it imperative that enterprises have remote access solutions that can meet expanded connection and security needs."
Kolodgy added that IAG 2007 provides the functionality companies require while incorporating Microsoft's standard licensing model.
Microsoft has simplified pricing and licensing for IAG 2007, which will now include all-in-one pricing for the gateway, and all intelligent application optimisers, network connectors and security modules.
In addition, client access licences will now be based on the number of authenticated users or devices connecting to IAG appliances rather than on concurrent users.
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