AEP signs Canadian distribution deal


1 Jul 2003

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Irish e-security hardware maker AEP Systems has signed a major distribution deal with Canadian firm EMJ to distribute AEP’s SureWare A-Gate, a remote access security hardware appliance, to Canadian businesses and government organisations.

EMJ will distribute AEP SureWare A-Gate, a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network for remote access to internal systems. This technology makes it easy to set up secure connections with business partners, suppliers and customers because users can access web-based applications, such as email, from anywhere using any standard Web browser.

“SureWare A-Gate is an ideal solution for SMEs, individual government or corporate departments or large companies wanting to enable remote access without undue overhead,” said Jim Estill, president and CEO of EMJ. “We are very pleased to offer our customers access to this quality product, especially now when both telecommuting and Internet security are of critical concern to Canadian companies.”

EMJ has received numerous accolades, including recognition as one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies.

Last month, the Dublin-based AEP Systems raised an additional US$3.3m in venture capital from its existing investors, bringing total investment in the company to over US$20m. Existing investors b-business, ACT, Island and Mentor Capital all contributed to the latest round of funding. The investment will be used to expand the company’s latest product offering AEP SureWare A-Gate, a secure socket layer (SSL), virtual private network (VPN) remote access appliance that was launched earlier this year.

Last year AEP raised around US$17m and established regional offices in Boston, Palo Alto, Washington DC and Hong Kong as well as hiring sales staff in the US, Asia and Europe and launching a sales and partner programme to expand its distribution network. Channel partners include Bell Micro in the US and Entec in Europe.

By John Kennedy