NCP engineering Releases New Virtual Secure Enterprise VPN Server

NCP engineering | April 09, 2019

NCP engineering today released the Virtual Secure Enterprise VPN Server offering full compatibility with virtualization platforms for enterprises, Service and SaaS providers. As a virtual VPN gateway appliance, the NCP Virtual Secure Enterprise VPN Server integrates mobile and stationary employees in a cross-company data network. The VPN appliance is also predestinated for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) projects. Special features of the NCP Virtual Secure Enterprise VPN Server include a sophisticated multi-client capability, NCP’s patented VPN Path Finder Technology, an easy update mechanism, and high availability. NCP's Virtual Secure Enterprise VPN Server licensing model is subscription-based and consists of the VPN gateway, high availability services, and a hardened operation system. It is designed to meet the needs of businesses or service providers looking for a virtualized and resource-efficient alternative to traditional solutions.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise | December 08, 2022

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Fortinet | November 08, 2022

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VMware | November 10, 2022

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