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SSL VPNs: Alive and Well, and Vital to IT Security

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There’s been a bit of buzz in the normally sedate SSL VPN market lately, with Juniper divesting its flagship Junos Pulse (a.k.a. MAG Series or SA Series) SSL VPN product line to Siris Capital – which in turn rolled out a new company to develop and sell the product line.

This big change has caused customers and resellers to evaluate their options for current and future SSL VPN purchases. Also recently, industry analyst firm Gartner released a Market Guide for Enterprise Infrastructure VPNs, in which the authors rightly found, “The VPN marketplace is mature and fragmented, because the capabilities are embedded in other products, such as routers, firewalls, portals, application suites, unified threat management (UTM) appliances and platform OSs. Mainstream VPN vendors offer it as part of a family of networking products and services, which can also include access management and single sign-on (SSO).”

The authors also noted that “VPNs are alive and well, and have a long future: Companies should continue to use infrastructure VPN encryption methods as one of their security layers, review options in all four scenarios presented in this research and maintain a five-year plan.” The market guide, which is highly recommended reading, lists Array Networks as a representative vendor, and provides market recommendations that are very practical and well thought out.

At Array, we’ve had a singular focus on SSL from the start of the company nearly 15 years ago. In fact, we think of ourselves as ‘The SSL Company.’ Unlike most (if not all) other vendors, we developed our own SSL stack rather than using OpenSSL as a foundation. Through that foresight, Array’s AG Series and SPX Series have been immune to recent sensationalized OpenSSL vulnerabilities like Heartbleed and Man in the Middle (MitM).

Also through our long history as an SSL VPN vendor, our products are very mature with a rich set of features across a product line with models to serve very small to extremely large deployments.

As the Gartner guide noted, “Encrypted communications are fundamental to assuring the safe and secure transfer of business information.” We’ve got the commitment, the architecture, the features, scalability, performance and more to help you ensure a successful SSL VPN deployment.

Juniper SSL VPN Replacement Program

If you’re one of the many Juniper customers and resellers questioning your current SSL VPN options, Array can help! We’re committed to the SSL VPN market, and our AG Series can meet or exceed the capabilities of the corresponding MAG Series or SA Series products.

We’re offering a very attractive program right now to help you migrate to our AG Series, with free hardware and licensing – all you need purchase is a discounted 3-year support contract. Reach out to your Array sales representative or reseller today to learn more.

Gartner, Market Guide for Enterprise Infrastructure VPNs, John Girard, Eric Ahlm, Jeremy D’Hoinne, 02 March 2015

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

17 Mar, 15

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