Philippines catches eye of VPN provider

Previously overlooked, the Philippines and other countries that have a lot of small- and medium-sized companies are now getting more attention from V-ONE Corporation, a provider of client/server virtual private network (VPN) solutions.

Because VPNs are usually expensive, the company used to focus most of its resources on developed markets where there were large enterprises that have money to invest in VPNs. However, with a newly-released Linux-based extranet server, V-ONE is expanding its periphery to reach down to the SME market, said Matthew Wee, V-ONE's regional director for Asia Pacific. The product, V-ONE's Instant Extranet Server (IXS), enables corporations of any size to deploy secure business communication over the internet.

IXS is based on a hardened version of Red Hat Software's Linux v6.0 and integrated with V-ONE's VPN security technologies. The server software enables corporations to deploy public and private Web servers, secure e-mail server and public and private FTP servers. Wee explained that even SMEs with around 50 users can provide secure business communication systems to both remote users and partners. He said that users can share information using private Web sites, publish and maintain public Web server content, exchange large data files over private secure FTP sites, and receive encrypted e-mail from the company's local-area network without exposing the network to security risks.

Because IXS is designed for SMEs who most of the time do not have the benefit of a large IT staff, the server software is not very complicated to install. IXS takes less than 30 minutes to set up and comes with fully automated client software configuration and distribution, so organisations can get it up and running quickly, claimed Wee.

The first version of IXS is based on Linux, but V-ONE will soon come out with other versions based on multiple Unix flavors. Wee said the company might not release a version for Windows NT because of security issues on the platform.

Wee, who is based in Singapore, said they are on the lookout for a distributor in the Philippines. With the new product, they want to initiate more marketing and educational activities, not only in the country, but for the entire ASEAN region.

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