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IIJ Launches IIJ Direct Access
TOKYO-- March 3, 2009--Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced the late March 2009 launch of IIJ Direct Access, a remote access solution that creates a private connection to a corporate LAN using existing Internet access lines.
IIJ Direct Access is a remote-access solution that works in tandem with the remote access authentication service ID Gateway, and the high-speed mobile communications service IIJ Mobile, to create a low-cost yet secure private connection between the IIJ Mobile terminal and the ID Gateway remote access server located at the customer's premises.
IIJ Direct Access Highlights
Private connection using existing Internet access lines
IIJ Direct Access uses existing Internet access lines to create a private connection to the corporate network. Users connect via the mobile network, and the ID gateway automatically assigns a private IP address to the mobile terminal, which means a global IP address is not assigned and the terminal is completely isolated from the Internet environment, creating secure remote access using existing Internet resources.
A low-cost, secure remote access environment
Existing Internet access lines on the customer's premises as well as B FLET'S and other low-cost broadband lines can be used for IIJ Direct Access. This service is expected to cut costs by as much as 50% when compared with IP-VPN and other private remote access services, enabling the customer to create a low-cost, secure remote-access environment.
Detailed access control and terminal authentication features
The customer's ID gateway, which resides on the customer's network, provides detailed access restrictions for each user group. MAC address-based terminal authentication prevents access by unauthorized computers, such as individually owned computers.
The only remote terminal settings required are those for the IIJ Mobile connection. No special client software is required. Users can establish a private connection to the corporate LAN simply by logging on to IIJ Mobile. Compatible lines include IIJ Mobile Type E and Type D (scheduled for first half of 2009) and WILLCOM lines (scheduled for April, 2009) acquired by the customer, as well as other dial-up lines that will be announced as they are added.
The emergence of 7.2 Mbps 3G/HSDPA mobile data communications has brought mobile applications to a wide range of industries and fields. While companies need to provide their employees with a variety of functions using remote access, they also are concerned about computer security and the potential for abuse through private use of mobile data communications. IIJ Direct Access can be used to create the ideal remote access environment, one that provides both security and lower costs through the creation of secure private access, while continuing to provide the convenience and speed that only mobile communications can.
IIJ seeks to provide its customers with the best network environment through mobile solutions.