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August 2003

Case study: SSL VPN enables secure remote email access

Dave Bailey had a dilemma. Providing browser-based remote e-mail access to thousands of employees distributed among nearly 300 sites for global minerals firm IMERYS was proving to be a tough nut to crack. In 1999, when minerals giant Imetel acquired ECC International, all employees had Lotus Notes, which they could access internally via iNotes, a browser interface. Bailey was charged with providing secure remote access as well for sales reps, executives at home or on the road, etc. "Once we had this going inside our network, the obvious leap to providing that from any Internet-connected machine was a natural progression," says Bailey, senior consultant in e-commerce, messaging and integration for the Global IT group of Paris-based IMERYS. The goal was to make e-mail access easier, and save wear and tear on laptops, since employees didn't necessarily have to take them out of the office. Users love it. Just having access to e-mail is the first thing to get them. Dave Bailey, IMERYS Bailey reviewed a wide range of options before ...

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