Mobile Connect provides secure, full-featured, network-level SSL VPN access when using the company's Secure Remote Access.
The proliferation of powerful
smartphones and tablets poses a challenge for IT departments, such as providing
secure remote access to network resources for a growing number of employees who
use their own mobile devices for business purposes. With the introduction of
the SonicWall E-Class SRA EX9000 running on the new SonicWall Aventail 10.6
architecture, SonicWall enables IT organizations to provide remote access for
devices running Windows and Windows Mobile, Apple Mac OS and iOS, Google
Android, and Linux.
Through a single appliance, SonicWall
delivers full-featured access and control with user-friendly, clientless and
client Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) connectivity
for up to 20,000 concurrent mobile users. Together, the SonicWall SRA EX9000
and Aventail 10.6 equip businesses with compliant connectivity to corporate
networks from a large array of mobile and remote devices.
Leveraging the recently announced
SonicWall Mobile Connect client app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and
existing Aventail Connect client for Android smartphones and tablets provides
both IT-managed and employee-owned devices SSL-encrypted access to network
resources. Some vendors only offer limited Web-based portal access, while
others piece together their solutions with a Cisco client, the company said.
SonicWall Mobile Connect provides
secure, full-featured, network-level SSL VPN access when using the company's
Secure Remote Access (SRA) for the SMB, Aventail E-Class SRA or Next-Generation
Firewall appliances. Users or IT administrators can download the SonicWall
Mobile Connect app via the App Store, and Aventail Connect can be downloaded
from the Android Market.
"Gartner predicts that 90 percent
of businesses will support corporate applications on mobile devices by 2014.
Today, mobile devices are critical building blocks of business
infrastructure," said Patrick Sweeney, vice president of product
management and corporate marketing at SonicWall. "While companies may no
longer own the device an employee uses to access data, SonicWall gives network
administrators secure remote access tools for business-critical applications on
a massive scale over the broadest range of devices and OSes."
The Aventail E-Class SRA conducts
comprehensive interrogation and proactive remediation, establishing trust
before access is granted to user devices running Windows, Mac or Linux OSes.
Using endpoint control and strong authentication, the solution determines the
identity of the user and the security posture of the device, and allows the
appropriate level of access to network resources, including shared folders and
virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), client-server applications, intranet
sites and email.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.