Mark Hassall presented a session on the Microsoft Forefront brand of products on the System Center Airlift. While the information presented on the current set of products was useful, Mark talked about a new member of the family called “Intelligent Application Gateway 2007”. Microsoft aquired Whale Communications last year and will bring out a new product based on their solutions. The new solution, part of Forefront, will build on ISA Server 2006.
Essentially it is a SSL VPN solution and will bring secure publishing of applications. Microsoft as well as non-Microsoft applications can be published, for example: Citrix. Clientless users can access these applications using their web browsers. Systems Administrators can control who can access information and how. For instance, when a user goes to a kiosk and accesses the application, the SysAdmin can configure read-only access and/or time limits. Mark had no information on beta availability or RTM date.
Microsoft, Intelligent Application Gateway 2007, Microsoft Forefront, SSL, VPN