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Sterling Commerce Partners with Permeo Technologies to Deliver Powerful Security Offering Through Market-Leading Connect Product Family

Partnership Enables Industry's Most Robust Secure File Transfer Solution

Sterling Commerce, one of the world's largest providers of business integration solutions, today announced a partnership with Permeo Technologies, a leading provider of remote access solutions, that integrates Sterling Commerce's Connect:Direct software with Permeo's next-generation SSL VPN offering. The new solution provides enhanced secure access for Internet file transfer services that are critical to enterprise business processes.

"We regard Permeo's approach to application access as the most secure and flexible in the industry," said Sam Starr, president and CEO, Sterling Commerce. "As a result of this partnership, the integrated solution provides our customers with a significant new option for secure file transfer via the Internet. With the addition of Permeo's secure remote access technology, we have ensured our market-leading Connect product family will continue to be the best solution for our customers."

Permeo provides security, privacy, authentication and policy-based control at the application level. Without requiring software on the hosts, Permeo's offering enables traversal of existing network and security infrastructure, which reduces both management requirements and costs. Additionally, the offering is transparent to the application and to the network infrastructure, which means no changes need to be made to the infrastructure or to the applications.

"The Connect products are the industry standard for secure file transfer with the world's largest companies. Permeo is pleased to be in such a strong partnership, and we are confident that customers will find this new offering to be the best enhanced Internet file transfer solution available," said Michael Bennett, CEO, Permeo Technologies.

The Permeo remote access solution will be integrated with the latest version of Connect:Direct and will be tailored by Sterling Commerce to ensure compliance with the security and access requirements of Connect. The integrated product will be available in the United States in April and worldwide at a future date.