Aventail Launches the First Software Starter Kit for Rapid and Secure Deployment of Extranet VPN Pilot Programs

Aventail Private Pilot(TM) Available Today



Jun 22, 1998, 01:00 ET from Aventail Corporation

    SEATTLE, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Aventail, the pioneer of policy-based
 Virtual Private Network (VPN) software, introduced today Aventail Private
 Pilot(TM), a software starter kit for organizations that want to experience
 the benefits of securely extending their enterprise networks to their business
 partners, customers, suppliers, consultants, and employees.
     Aventail Private Pilot, which includes an Aventail VPN server and five
 Aventail VPN clients, is available today for $995.
     "VPNs may provide immediate short term cost savings benefits, but the
 greater benefit will be generating revenue for corporations. An extranet VPN
 can provide the framework for enterprise business collaboration, enabling
 corporations to gain a competitive advantage by bringing themselves closer to
 strategic individuals," said Rob Spence, director of product marketing at
 Aventail. "Aventail Private Pilot allows corporations to easily initiate a
 pilot program, enabling them to experience these benefits of a VPN without
 having to invest much time or resources."
 
     "Not Your Typical Network VPN Product"
     Unlike other network VPN vendors, Aventail Private Pilot is the only
 solution to address the specific needs of the extranet market by offering the
 tightest security, easiest management, and most flexible deployment. Aventail
 Private Pilot offers 128-bit encryption, user-based authentication, management
 of security policies, and the ability to easily integrate with complex
 networking environments. Aventail's latest product incorporates a
 sophisticated policy management engine that defines which user has access to
 specific resources under varying conditions. No other product in today's
 market can specify access with greater detail or as easily as Aventail Private
 Pilot.
     "Aventail Private Pilot makes it easy for corporations looking to deploy
 an extranet VPN," said Walter Taucher, president at Corporate Computer, Inc.
 "While other solutions can take days to configure and set up, Aventail Private
 Pilot can be up and running in less than one hour in most corporate
 environments."
     Installation and deployment is extremely simple for network managers
 because the VPN client in Aventail Private Pilot makes no modifications to any
 existing drivers, transports, or applications on the user's desktop.
     In addition, Aventail Private Pilot works with any firewall including
 Check Point's (Nasdaq:   CHKPF) Firewall-1, Network Associates' (Nasdaq:   NETA)
 Gauntlet, AXENT's (Nasdaq:   AXNT) Raptor Firewall, and IBM's (NYSE:   IBM)
 eNetwork Firewall. Based on SOCKS v5, a layer five standard for session layer
 security, Aventail VPN works with and adds value to tunneling protocols such
 as Microsoft's (Nasdaq:   MSFT) Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP),
 Internet Protocol Security (IPSec), and Cisco's (Nasdaq:   CSCO) Layer Two
 Forwarding (L2F).
 
     Secure File Browsing for Key Individuals
     Unique to Aventail's solution is an application called Secure Enterprise
 Explorer. Using pinpoint access controls, network administrators can define
 which selected hosts or servers on their 32-bit Windows-based file systems
 will be displayed or accessible to their strategic business partners and
 employees. In extranet VPN scenarios, Secure Enterprise Explorer provides a
 highly secure way to browse files remotely because it eliminates the
 opportunity for unauthorized individuals to access confidential resources as
 with traditional file browsing methods. End-user training is not required
 because the application is fully integrated into the standard Windows Explorer
 user interface.
 
     Early Extranet VPN Deployments
     Extranet VPN pilot programs are currently being deployed in many
 industries ranging from financial services to healthcare to manufacturing.
 These implementations share the common objective of driving top-line revenue
 growth for their respective organizations. Business examples include:
 
     * Real-time supply chain integration for manufacturing concerns;
     * Financial clearinghouse and research services for independent financial
       agents;
     * Patient management for distributed HMO environments;
     * Knowledge bases for customer site consultants.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Aventail Private Pilot, a client/server software solution, is shipping
 today. The 10-connection server supports Windows NT, Solaris, AIX, BSD/OS,
 Linux, HP/UX, and Digital UNIX. The VPN clients are available on Windows 3.x,
 Windows 95, and Windows NT 4.0.
     Aventail Private Pilot can be purchased through Aventail's worldwide sales
 team and authorized distributors and resellers for $995. Each license includes
 90 days of technical support.
 
     About Aventail Corporation
     Aventail has pioneered the policy-based VPN software category for securing
 the extended enterprise. Its flagship product, Aventail VPN, has received
 numerous awards from leading publications such Infoworld, Network Computing,
 LAN Times, BYTE Magazine, Software Digest, and Computer Reseller News. By
 maintaining the tightest security, Aventail VPN gives organizations a
 competitive advantage by enabling them to give key individuals access to
 confidential information or resources on their network. This enables
 corporations to develop stronger business relationships and forge closer ties
 with strategic partners, customers, and suppliers.
     Aventail is a privately held company and headquartered in Seattle,
 Washington. For more information on the company and its products, please visit
 Aventail's Web site at www.aventail.com, or contact the company directly at
 206-215-1111 or info@aventail.com. Aventail information can also be attained
 through Yahoo (Nasdaq:   YHOO), Infoseek (Nasdaq:   SEEK), Lycos (Nasdaq:   LCOS),
 and Excite (Nasdaq:   XCIT).
     NOTE:  Aventail, Aventail Private Pilot, and Secure Enterprise Explorer
 are trademarks of Aventail Corporation. All other trademarks are the property
 of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Aventail Corporation
    SEATTLE, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Aventail, the pioneer of policy-based
 Virtual Private Network (VPN) software, introduced today Aventail Private
 Pilot(TM), a software starter kit for organizations that want to experience
 the benefits of securely extending their enterprise networks to their business
 partners, customers, suppliers, consultants, and employees.
     Aventail Private Pilot, which includes an Aventail VPN server and five
 Aventail VPN clients, is available today for $995.
     "VPNs may provide immediate short term cost savings benefits, but the
 greater benefit will be generating revenue for corporations. An extranet VPN
 can provide the framework for enterprise business collaboration, enabling
 corporations to gain a competitive advantage by bringing themselves closer to
 strategic individuals," said Rob Spence, director of product marketing at
 Aventail. "Aventail Private Pilot allows corporations to easily initiate a
 pilot program, enabling them to experience these benefits of a VPN without
 having to invest much time or resources."
 
     "Not Your Typical Network VPN Product"
     Unlike other network VPN vendors, Aventail Private Pilot is the only
 solution to address the specific needs of the extranet market by offering the
 tightest security, easiest management, and most flexible deployment. Aventail
 Private Pilot offers 128-bit encryption, user-based authentication, management
 of security policies, and the ability to easily integrate with complex
 networking environments. Aventail's latest product incorporates a
 sophisticated policy management engine that defines which user has access to
 specific resources under varying conditions. No other product in today's
 market can specify access with greater detail or as easily as Aventail Private
 Pilot.
     "Aventail Private Pilot makes it easy for corporations looking to deploy
 an extranet VPN," said Walter Taucher, president at Corporate Computer, Inc.
 "While other solutions can take days to configure and set up, Aventail Private
 Pilot can be up and running in less than one hour in most corporate
 environments."
     Installation and deployment is extremely simple for network managers
 because the VPN client in Aventail Private Pilot makes no modifications to any
 existing drivers, transports, or applications on the user's desktop.
     In addition, Aventail Private Pilot works with any firewall including
 Check Point's (Nasdaq:   CHKPF) Firewall-1, Network Associates' (Nasdaq:   NETA)
 Gauntlet, AXENT's (Nasdaq:   AXNT) Raptor Firewall, and IBM's (NYSE:   IBM)
 eNetwork Firewall. Based on SOCKS v5, a layer five standard for session layer
 security, Aventail VPN works with and adds value to tunneling protocols such
 as Microsoft's (Nasdaq:   MSFT) Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP),
 Internet Protocol Security (IPSec), and Cisco's (Nasdaq:   CSCO) Layer Two
 Forwarding (L2F).
 
     Secure File Browsing for Key Individuals
     Unique to Aventail's solution is an application called Secure Enterprise
 Explorer. Using pinpoint access controls, network administrators can define
 which selected hosts or servers on their 32-bit Windows-based file systems
 will be displayed or accessible to their strategic business partners and
 employees. In extranet VPN scenarios, Secure Enterprise Explorer provides a
 highly secure way to browse files remotely because it eliminates the
 opportunity for unauthorized individuals to access confidential resources as
 with traditional file browsing methods. End-user training is not required
 because the application is fully integrated into the standard Windows Explorer
 user interface.
 
     Early Extranet VPN Deployments
     Extranet VPN pilot programs are currently being deployed in many
 industries ranging from financial services to healthcare to manufacturing.
 These implementations share the common objective of driving top-line revenue
 growth for their respective organizations. Business examples include:
 
     * Real-time supply chain integration for manufacturing concerns;
     * Financial clearinghouse and research services for independent financial
       agents;
     * Patient management for distributed HMO environments;
     * Knowledge bases for customer site consultants.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Aventail Private Pilot, a client/server software solution, is shipping
 today. The 10-connection server supports Windows NT, Solaris, AIX, BSD/OS,
 Linux, HP/UX, and Digital UNIX. The VPN clients are available on Windows 3.x,
 Windows 95, and Windows NT 4.0.
     Aventail Private Pilot can be purchased through Aventail's worldwide sales
 team and authorized distributors and resellers for $995. Each license includes
 90 days of technical support.
 
     About Aventail Corporation
     Aventail has pioneered the policy-based VPN software category for securing
 the extended enterprise. Its flagship product, Aventail VPN, has received
 numerous awards from leading publications such Infoworld, Network Computing,
 LAN Times, BYTE Magazine, Software Digest, and Computer Reseller News. By
 maintaining the tightest security, Aventail VPN gives organizations a
 competitive advantage by enabling them to give key individuals access to
 confidential information or resources on their network. This enables
 corporations to develop stronger business relationships and forge closer ties
 with strategic partners, customers, and suppliers.
     Aventail is a privately held company and headquartered in Seattle,
 Washington. For more information on the company and its products, please visit
 Aventail's Web site at www.aventail.com, or contact the company directly at
 206-215-1111 or info@aventail.com. Aventail information can also be attained
 through Yahoo (Nasdaq:   YHOO), Infoseek (Nasdaq:   SEEK), Lycos (Nasdaq:   LCOS),
 and Excite (Nasdaq:   XCIT).
     NOTE:  Aventail, Aventail Private Pilot, and Secure Enterprise Explorer
 are trademarks of Aventail Corporation. All other trademarks are the property
 of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Aventail Corporation