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AEP Networks Netilla Security Platform

Dec 19, 20052 mins
Citrix SystemsNetwork SecurityNetworking

Best suited for companies with thin clients.

Summary of Clear Choice Test of AEP Networks’ Netilla Security Platform.

Data sheet for AEP Networks’Netilla Security Platform
Starting price: $4,500 
Overall score: 3.3

For a small company, AEP Networks has a powerful weapon: the thin-client mechanism that ships with its Netilla Security Platform (NSP), a product based on technologies that came with the merger of AEP Systems and Netilla Networks in 2004.

While most competing SSL VPNs struggle to do a good job at handling both Citrix-based and Microsoft-based Windows Terminal Services, AEP’s efforts have focused on serving up these applications to all types of remote end users.

Want X Windows? Or a 3270 emulator? Or Telnet and SSH? As an alternative to running a full SSL client, AEP’s thin-client approach avoids the inefficiency of tunneling TCP-in-TCP typically used in full network extension products. As a bonus, the end user does not need to have administrator rights, a plus in very diverse extranet deployments. This feature allowed NSP to excel in the port-forwarding interoperability testing we conducted. (See interoperability test results.)

The NSP is not for those who want fine-grained access control (see test results on access control), need to support large numbers of users or require a high degree of customization or end-point security (see test results on end-point security), as the capabilities of the product are fairly limited in each of those areas.

NSP is ideally suited for businesses looking to transition from full-screen or terminal emulation applications to a Web-based environment. By emphasizing applications that AEP can serve with its thin client secret sauce, this product has a clear focus.

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