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Certeon Accelerates Security

A startup claims to have broken through the "security ceiling" limiting the application acceleration market.

Burlington, Mass.-based Certeon on Monday unveiled its Secure Application Networking WAN acceleration solution, which the company claims can "dramatically improve application response times while maintaining security from the data center to the desktop."

The result, says Certeon CEO Peter Dougherty, is technology that gives branch office workers on a WAN "the same application response time as well as the same level of security that's available to users on the LAN."

Current acceleration approaches are unable to accelerate encrypted traffic, according to Certeon. The three-year-old startup hopes its approach will help it standout in the red-hot market for WAN optimization and wide-area files services (WAFS), which has attracted attention from the likes of Cisco, HP, Brocade and Juniper.

"Encrypting browser traffic prevents WAN optimization controllers from performing their optimization functions," notes Gartner research director Joe Skorupa. "When selecting a WOC vendor, it is important to understand their strategy for dealing with encrypted traffic like SSL."

Certeon says its new S-Series appliances are built on the company's Secure Acceleration Technology, which accelerates applications by understanding the application semantics and transmitting only changed information over the WAN. The S-Series preserves security from the remote user's desktop to the server in the data center and back while accelerating both HTTP and HTTPS (SSL) traffic.

The company already claims as customers Fortune 1000 companies St. Jude Medical and Energizer, which plans to use Certeon's S-Series appliances for centralized, global collaboration.

Certeon S-Series come in three models, the S-1000, S-2000 and S-3000, for small branch offices, regional offices and large data centers, respectively. Pricing starts at $6,000.

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