HP ANNOUNCES SECURE, BROWSER-BASED OPENMAIL SOLUTION
Integration with VirtualVault Lowers Costs of Supporting Remote
E-mail Users, Allows Users Secure Access from any Web Browser
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 30, 1999 -- Hewlett-Packard Company today
announced a new program that combines HP OpenMail with the HP
VirtualVault trusted Web platform, enabling organizations to reduce
the costs of supporting remote e-mail users dramatically while
greatly simplifying access.
The program integrates HP's OpenMail enterprise messaging solution
with the HP Praesidium VirtualVault 3.5 trusted Web-server platform,
enabling organizations to provide remote users convenient and direct
access to their e-mail from any device that provides Internet access
via a standard Web browser. This solution is based on the next
version of OpenMail, which is being demonstrated this week at the
Electronic Messaging Association (EMA) conference in Dallas.
The integration of OpenMail and VirtualVault eliminates the need for
remote users to rely on dial-up networking or carry a laptop to
access e-mail from remote locations. OpenMail users simply access an
SSL-secured URL from any device with an Internet browser, including
PDAs, Web phones, walk-up terminals and PCs. The browser accesses
OpenMail Web client software located on a VirtualVault server. The
server then connects users to their OpenMail accounts on OpenMail
servers inside the corporate firewall.
With this solution, companies can reduce their investment in
remote-access systems, private networking, and associated support and
help-desk staff. HP estimates that it can cost organizations up to
$500 annually to support a remote user. By using OpenMail with
VirtualVault, organizations can reduce these costs by as much as 75
"OpenMail has always been recognized for its lowest total cost of
ownership," said Nigel Upton, general manager of HP's Communications
Software Operation. "Now, by extending OpenMail environments with
VirtualVault, organizations can greatly reduce the complexity and
costs of operating remote e-mail."
VirtualVault uses trusted mandatory security mechanisms to block
sophisticated attacks on the OpenMail client, the boundary Web server
and internal corporate OpenMail servers. Attackers cannot modify Web
pages nor modify legitimate application code.
"As the demand for remote access expands, conventional managed
firewall systems don't provide scalability," said Roberto Medrano,
general manager of HP's Internet Security Division. "This solution is
an excellent example of how VirtualVault delivers an innovative
solution that enables cost-effective, secure remote access to
mainstream corporate applications. Without VirtualVault, these
benefits would not be possible."
OpenMail, with an installed base of more than 10 million seats, is
HP's UNIX system business messaging and collaboration solution, based
on Internet standards, that provides a technology foundation for
building e-services solutions. OpenMail is designed for the
heterogeneous environments often found in large enterprises and is
used by many world-class businesses and service providers as the core
of their communications infrastructures.
Information about OpenMail can be found on the World Wide Web, at
HP VirtualVault, installed worldwide in more than 100 banks with
combined assets of more than $5.6 trillion, is the world's most
widely used trusted Web-server platform. VirtualVault integrates the
Netscape Enterprise Server with VirtualVault's own security-hardened
operating system and trusted gateway/secure IPC technologies.
VirtualVault shields Web servers that act as an entry point for
transaction-oriented, e-services. These applications rely on
real-time communications with business-critical resources within the
corporate intranet that require maximum security. Examples include
e-banking, online business collaboration, self-service human-resource
processes and online trading.
About HP's Internet Security Division
HP's Internet Security Division delivers world-class, multiplatform
enterprise security software that makes intranets and extranets safe
for electronic business. In addition to VirtualVault, the Praesidium
product portfolio includes DomainGuard Access and DomainGuard Rules,
powerful Web authorization managers; Authorization Server, the only
enterprise authorization manager that protects both Web and non-Web
applications; the Extranet VPN and the e-Firewall. More information
about these pace-setting security products and services can be found
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing,
Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products
and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence
in quality and support. HP has 122,800 employees and had revenue of
$47.1 billion in its 1998 fiscal year.
Information about HP, its products and the company's Year 2000
program can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.