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Esker Secures Remote System/Host Access with SmarTerm® v10


STILLWATER, OK - October 30, 2000 - Esker, Inc. today announced the availability of SmarTerm v10, a comprehensive PC-based suite for host connectivity that delivers the assurance of secure remote access with the addition of SSH and SSL encryption. Windows 2000-ready SmarTerm v10 offers implementing organizations a cost-effective PC-to-host connectivity solution for providing access to single or multiple hosts through easy-to-use customization and productivity tools.

Addressing consumer concerns about remote access security, Esker introduces SmarTerm v10 with SSH and SSL capability, enhancing security for AS/400, VT, ANSI, and SCO ANSI sites. Easily installed and configured, SmarTerm v10 provides precise emulation and reliable connectivity in a Windows 2000-ready format. Containing the familiar Windows 2000 tools as part of the interface, SmarTerm offers a smooth migration path for those companies making the transition to the latest version of Windows. SmarTerm v10 includes menu icons, large button palette handling, and a shortcut bar to enhance usability and improve automation of routine tasks. Other major new features in SmarTerm v10 include improved FTP, Kermit, and modem support; user-defined Printer Escape Sequence Handling; and Windows Installer.

"Of primary concern to any IT organization today is security," says Emerson Linney, product manager at Esker. "Unsecured remote-access to any host type creates a fundamental vulnerability to attack from hackers. SSH and SSL capability provides an IT organization with the ability to secure its remote communication." Linney emphasizes that SmarTerm is also an attractive option for companies looking to reduce total cost of ownership, "Version 10 includes time-saving features such as the automated install wizard, which automates the task of installing the program on workstations by providing the IT professional with a way to have end-users run ‘silent’ installs of SmarTerm. The install wizard frees IT personnel from the task of stopping at every desktop to install the software. Version 10 is also equipped with various automation tools," continues Linney, "such as SmarTerm Buttons, Triggers, macros, hotspots, and shortcut bar, all allowing an administrator or end-user to boost productivity by completing routine tasks with the click of a button."


SmarTerm v10 tools include a powerful Visual Basic-compatible macro language, a feature that the professionals at Sunquest Information Systems found most useful. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Sunquest designs, develops, and supports a comprehensive suite of information products for hospitals and healthcare networks - laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy systems. They primarily run Unix and VMS applications on DEC Alpha and IBM hosts.

"The Visual Basic style of the SmarTerm macro language makes it a superior product to almost any other terminal emulation package we’ve reviewed," says Dan Pendergrass, software testing engineer for Sunquest. "Most other solutions have proprietary languages that require ramp-up time for new users. Many of our associates already have experience with Visual Basic, including senior developers. This enhances usability and maintainability over proprietary languages."

About SmarTerm

SmarTerm meets diverse enterprise needs with six PC-to-host products - Essential, 3270/5250, Office, Office for Citrix, X, and Enterprise Suite - delivering reliable access to IBM, Unix, Data General, and Digital hosts with precise emulation, security capabilities, and powerful tools for easy use and administration. A comprehensive host access solution for the deployment and management of thick-client applications, SmarTerm offers TN5250e display and print support for AS/400 printing over Telnet connections.

About Esker

Esker develops software products that allow enterprises to take immediate advantage of emerging technologies by integrating them with existing information systems. The company’s products include:

- Corridor for Active Server for renewal of legacy applications through web integration

- Faxgate® for electronic document distribution

- Tun Plus for PC-to-host, web-to-host, and multi-user Windows connectivity

- SmarTerm for PC-based host access

- Persona for web-to-host connectivity

The company was founded in 1985 and is traded on the French Stock Exchange (Le Nouveau Marché: 3581). In 1999, the company achieved sales of $29.4 million - a 44% increase over 1998. In July 2000, Esker entered an agreement to acquire VSI, a California-based developer of fax server solutions. Esker’s operations span North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific with about 300 employees and an installed base of two million licensed users worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.esker.com


© 2000 Esker S.A. All Rights Reserved. Esker, Faxgate, Persona, SmarTerm, and Tun and are trademarks or registered trademarks of Esker S.A. in the United States and/or other countries. Active Server is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.