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Akili Networks to Distribute Full Range of PortWise Mobile Security Products


Europe’s leading SSL VPN company, PortWise, today announced that it has signed a distributor agreement with Akili Networks, a leading supplier of Content and Application Networking solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Akili Networks will become a distributor for the PortWise product suite throughout Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, and will integrate the complete PortWise product portfolio into its offering: PortWise mID (mobile authentication), PortWise mVPN Access Server (mobile secure access) and PortWise mVPN Management Server (mobile authorization).

The new distribution agreement reflects PortWise's commitment to deliver innovative, secure and top quality mobile access products to a worldwide audience. A leader in sales throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Akili Networks’ offers service, solutions and technical support to its large enterprise client base by partnering with Systems Integrators and Value Add Resellers.

“We strive to offer our clients the best solutions available, and for over a year we have evaluated many of the existing SSL VPN solutions in the marketplace”, said Michael Lok, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Akili Networks. “However, we found that the PortWise product suite had more functionality and flexibility than most competing solutions, and was the kind of ‘real world’ security solution that we could take to our customers. For example, with PortWise technology it is possible to authenticate using a mobile phone, PDA or laptop and desktop PC, making it a secure and user friendly solution.”

“In addition to us distributing to our resellers, the nature of the PortWise solution has allowed us to form partnerships with Service Providers in the region to offer enterprise class secure remote access services to their clients as a managed service,” Michael Lok continued. “As the PortWise mVPN and PortWise mID products can be sold separately, we have also been able to broaden our prospective customer base from those who want a complete SSL VPN solution, to those who want to enhance their existing network access security infrastructure.”

"The combination of the PortWise product suite and Akili Networks’ experience of delivering solutions to large, multinational companies will be of tremendous benefit to the mobile security solutions market in the Asia Pacific region," said Kaushik Thakkar, Co-Founder and Vice President Strategic Development for PortWise. “We look forward to working with Akili Networks and continuing our expansion through leading partners.”

The Akili Networks announcement follows an earlier agreement between PortWise and Pixel Productions Pty Ltd in January 2004. Under the terms of the agreement, Pixel Productions now distributes the company’s product suite throughout the Australasian market.

The PortWise product suite, shipped as both software and as a security appliance, is widely recognised as the most comprehensive and technically advanced SSL VPN solution on the market today based on its ability to address the key issues facing the next generation of SSL VPNs – scalability and policy management. Industry analysts consider PortWise to be a fourth generation SSL VPN solution based on its technical functionality. The company was recently cited as a visionary vendor in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant on the SSL VPN market, as a result of its innovative solutions such as the use of mobile phones in the authentication process.


About PortWise

PortWise is the European leader in the SSL VPN market, with a client portfolio that includes over 150 corporate customers, 500,000 users and some of the world’s largest implementations. The company’s software suite provides highly secure, clientless, remote access; the only piece of equipment required to access corporate applications and data is an industry standard browser, enabling access from anywhere, at any time, and from any device. The award winning PortWise product suite, shipped as both software and security appliance, is widely recognized as the leading offering in terms of its ability to address the issues facing the next generation of SSL VPNs – scalability and policy management. Blue chip clients that are currently enjoying the benefits of the PortWise solution include: Ericsson, Toyota, HSB Bank and the Central Bank of Sweden. PortWise is a privately owned company, and its investors include Cazenove Private Equity, Four Seasons Venture and Scope. PortWise have o
ffices in London, Sweden, the USA and India. For more information, please go to www.portwise.com.

About Akili Networks Pte Ltd

Akili Networks is a leading supplier of Content and Application-Networking solutions, with a focus on delivering End-To-End Internet-working solutions to the enterprise and service providers market. The company partner with leading Layer 4 – 7 technology vendors around the world, in order to provide their customers with a wide range of application management tools to enhance and protect their web services. The company also has operations in the Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.





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