Aspelle Listed in SSL VPN Market Visionary Quadrant by Gartner, Inc.

-Company Follows Aspelle Everywhere 3.0 Product Launch with Strong Showing in Magic Quadrant -

April 22, 2003 - Aspelle, the SSL VPN software leader, today announced it was listed in the "visionary" quadrant in the newly released SSL VPN 1H03 Magic Quadrant from Gartner, Inc. The Gartner Research report, which evaluated 14 vendors based on ability to execute and completeness of vision, noted that popular awareness of SSL VPNs surged at the end of 2002.

The report follows closely on the heals of Aspelle's introduction of Aspelle
Everywhere 3.0, the latest version of its award-winning software platform.
Aspelle Everywhere is the only SSL VPN solution that provides a powerful
three-tier security model and completely centralized management, allowing it
to seamlessly integrate with existing infrastructure. The software delivers
outstanding scalability and unparalleled ease-of-use, as well as the most
flexible and comprehensive access capabilities in the industry.

"Enterprises that want easier and more flexible ways to deploy secure remote
access should consider SSL VPNs for new investments, and as upgrades for
legacy VPNs," according to the report, prepared by John Girard, vice president and research director at Gartner, Inc. "Many enterprises implement complete VPNs where simpler, easier, less expensive private access could be created by using SSL-based solutions."

The report lists Aspelle in the visionary quadrant, placing the company far
ahead of all other SSL VPN software vendors. The report highlights Aspelle
Everywhere's ability to dynamically move users between gateways in multiple
locations for load balancing, equipment failures and disaster backup routing. Moreover, it comments on Aspelle Everywhere's concurrent user pricing, which allows buyers to use the software to create as many servers as buyers want, at no additional charge.

The bottom line, according to the report: the simplicity and portability of SSL VPNs can lower the cost to implement remote-user VPNs for corporate workstations, as well as access from non-corporate systems such as personal
computers. Enterprises should expect immediate value from investments in
SSL VPNs in the form of easier deployment and support.

"Gartner's view of the market is very accurate, and we're pleased that we've
been able to take such a strong position in this industry less than nine months after launching our first product," commented Mark Turner, CEO at spelle. "The SSL VPN market is growing rapidly, and as the need for a flexible and highly secure offering becomes apparent, we'll be in a position to capitalize on our superior software platform to quickly take the market lead."

Aspelle Everywhere is the only SSL VPN solution capable of providing flexible access to all corporate applications, including Web, Unix, Windows and legacy systems, without compromising security or manageability. Integrating easily into existing infrastructure, Aspelle Everywhere doesn't require client-side software, a dedicated device, system re-architecture, application re-engineering or significant hardware expenditure. Serving as a non-disruptive "buffer" between existing infrastructure and the Internet, Aspelle Everywhere provides a single passageway for the delivery of applications to users. This minimizes impact on infrastructure and maximizes a company's previous technology investments, including existing access solutions such as dial-up systems or traditional VPNs.

Secure, Centralized Management
Offering the most secure, end-to-end management of any SSL VPN in the industry, Aspelle Everywhere enables businesses to dramatically reduce administrative overhead and obtain unprecedented visibility into business operations. Aspelle Everywhere's unique, centralized management capabilities encompass all users and applications, offering absolute control over user access and providing the highest granularity of security. Aspelle Everywhere also enables increasingly context sensitive access provisioning based on user, location, device and time. As a result, it can be used for comprehensive application auditing, reporting, monitoring and billing, allowing enterprises to continually evaluate and optimize their business processes.

Unparalleled Flexibility and Access Capabilities
No other solution on the market can compete with the scope of access Aspelle
Everywhere delivers. Aspelle Everywhere features a unique "terminating" and
"repeating" capability that facilitates traversal through even the most
complex tiered firewall environments at any off-site location. As a result,
Aspelle Everywhere ensures that authorized users have access to the
applications they need, whenever and wherever they need them.

Moreover, Aspelle Everywhere supports both encrypted and unencrypted SOCKS,
eliminating the need for clients to double encrypt if they already use an
encrypted connection. Support for application proxy servers is included
through the use of native HTTP and HTTPS protocols, allowing communication
through stateful inspection of firewalls and proxies, increasing the locations from where Aspelle Everywhere can be accessed.

Enterprise-Class Security
Aspelle Everywhere also features a unique, three-tier security model to
ensure the most stringent levels of security. All corporate data is 128-bit
encrypted, with authentication, authorization and access controlled separately. Applications remain inside the enterprise at all times, and all
information is transferred between the enterprise and users over ports 80 or
443. As a result, additional ports don't have to be exposed on the
Internet-facing firewall.

For added security, Aspelle Everywhere supports three types of session
ticket, including browser-based certificates, browser-based cookies and
machine-based certificates. It can also support single sign-on in two ways,
either storing encrypted user credentials within Active Directory or through
user impersonation for Kerberos applications, delivering the appropriate
Active Directory token to the impersonator and authenticating the user to a
resource. And with support for NTLM authentication, organizations have the
option to provide a single account for users to gain both internal and
external access.

Gartner defines visionaries as companies that have a clear vision of market
direction and are focused on preparing for that, while they improve in terms
of optimizing service delivery.

Gartner, Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of
fitness of this research for a particular purpose.

For More Information, please contact:
Steve Douthwaite,
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+44 (0)20 7959 5542

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