Simple, real-time solution delivered via alternative to IPSec VPN
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29th April 2003, London – Reed Exhibitions, a division of the Reed Elsevier group and the world’s largest exhibition organiser, has chosen NetillaÒ Networks, Inc., to deliver bespoke Windows applications via an SSL-based virtual private network (VPN) providing secure Web-based access without the limitations of a traditional IPSec VPN.
As the world’s leading organiser of trade and consumer events and a portfolio of over 470 events in 29 countries, Reed Exhibitions needed to securely provide a third party supplier with access to a bespoke Windows application without compromising the security of their network.
The requirement for granular application access was such that Reed considered offering its third party a cut-down version of its database to install on their own machines during the evaluation process. To deploy such a solution would have involved creating sub-sets of data, synchronisation routines and a considerable investment in terms of resource and training.
Peter Lidgett, IT architect at Reed Exhibitions, explains, “As a progressive exhibition organiser, we needed to provide access to specific Reed systems for external booking agents. However, we wanted to avoid the expense and inconvenience of installing and managing client software on third party machines and of course, the security implication of opening up our intellectual property to other companies was also a major concern.”
Through LANsition, a specialist integrator and a UK Netilla channel partner, Reed evaluated the Netilla Service Platform. Peter Lidgett of Reed continues, “Fortunately, LANsition had the answer for us in the form of its Netilla remote access solution. Using the Netilla Service Platform we are able to publish a bespoke Windows application to the booking agents without having to touch its clients or re-write our software.”
By providing highly secure remote access to legacy applications using SSL encryption provided by standard Web browsers and the proprietary Netilla SecureRealm Framework™, the Netilla Service Platform met the pre-determined criteria Reed had identified; namely the ability to securely publish legacy applications, provide clientless deployment and be compatible with RSA SecurID without the ‘all or nothing’ approach of IPSec VPNs.
Peter Lidgett of Reed Exhibitions concludes, “Netilla is an excellent product and Reed is delighted with the service it has received from its UK partner, LANsition. The solution has simplified the booking process for the remote booking agent and provided us with a versatile and scaleable remote access solution for now and the future.”
About Netilla Networks
Netilla Networks, Inc. provides Web-based secure remote access platforms that connect geographically distributed employees, partners, customers, suppliers and branch offices to centralized applications, files and data. With an appliance based on Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption and other Web technologies, Netilla service platforms enable browser-based secure access to legacy Windows, UNIX/Linux, mainframe and native Web applications. Unlike traditional networking approaches that require complex integration, Netilla provides a practical, quick to implement and simple to manage solution that lowers the total cost of ownership of remote access deployments. For more information, visit www.netilla.com.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading organiser of trade and consumer events with a portfolio of over 470 events in 29 countries. In an increasingly digital age, nothing can replace the power of human contact for establishing and maintaining business relations.
Exhibitions are unique amongst new and established media in enabling customers, prospects and industry colleagues to meet face to face. And Reed Exhibitions is the name behind many of the world’s leading trade and consumer events.
Each year, Reed brings together more than 156,000 suppliers and 9 million buyers from around the globe, at its events and on its associated web sites, facilitating billions of dollars in business.
LANsition is an independent IT consultancy specialising in secure remote access solutions, multi-site network designs, server & desktop design and troubleshooting. The aim is to provide best-of-breed solutions combined with unparalleled professionalism. LANsition has the knowledge, business acumen and common sense to deliver practical, manageable and affordable IT solutions to the enterprise. The company has completed successful projects for Bombardier, Virgin Trains, West Bromwich Building Society, Daimler Chrysler, Cap Gemini and the Atomic Energy Authority. LANsition is based in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
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