The company announced Tuesday that it's acquiring privately held security equipment maker Net6 for $50 million in cash. The acquisition, expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004, will thrust Citrix into the growing virtual private network, or VPN, security market. Net6 makes appliance gateways that combine features of both SSL and IPSec VPN technology.
VPNs have become a popular alternative to VPNs that use IPsec encryption and tunneling for connecting remote workers to corporate networks. Because SSL VPNs give access through a standard Web browser instead of through an IPsec client running on each device accessing the network, many companies find SSL to be much easier to deploy and manage.
But SSL isn't perfect, so Net6 has tweaked its solution to also use some attributes of IPSec. The company claims its technology is one of the first that allows.
Citrix plans to offer Net6's VPN technology as part of its MetaFrame Access Suite and as a standalone product.
The SSL VPN market is already crowded with a slew of players. F5 Networks;, through its acquisition of ; and have all gobbled up smaller players for the technology. Meanwhile, larger companies, such as , , Nortel Networks and , have developed their own technology.