May Feature of the Month: SSL VPN, Part Two: Thin Client
Last week, we took a look at the web proxy feature of our SSL VPN technology as part of our Feature of the Month series. This week, we’ll be focusing on NCP’s thin client SSL, which provides companies with secure remote access to a wide range of corporate applications that aren’t exclusively Web-enabled.
Soon after enterprises saw clear productivity gains when mobile workers were able to access their corporate networks with NCP’s web proxy VPN, more customers started demanding greater functionality from their SSL VPNs. Specifically, our users wanted to connect directly to certain applications on specific ports. In response to that demand, we introduced our second-generation SSL in the form of a thin client, which is a small footprint software client installed and linked via the SSL session.
Now, if companies wish to access non-http-enabled applications and are using an SSL VPN tunnel to communicate with a specific server within the company network, it is best to use a thin client SSL VPN. The thin client has to be installed at the end device and can be downloaded via Web browser. Specifically, companies use NCP's port forwarding technology to open ports, configured by the administrator. These local ports allow software to securely communicate with the designated server within the company network.
As you can imagine, workforce mobility has forced companies to seek even greater SSL capabilities, like comprehensive secure access to the resources housed on internal corporate networks. Tune in next time, when we round out our May Feature of the Month series by explaining our portableLAN fat client SSL functionality.