Renex and Blockade Announce Partnership

Renex Corporation (Manassas, Va.), a provider of Web-to-host connectivity solutions, and Blockade Systems Corporation (Toronto), a maker of enterprise-wide network security products, are partnering to provide the combined benefits of Web-to-host PC software connectivity and Extended Access Control (EAC) authentication and authorization of user access to IT infrastructures.

“Renex needed a security link,” says John Sieg, director of business development and partner relations for Blockade, “and it seemed to make sense for Renex to cooperate with us.” He adds that the partnership, which was hatched three to four months ago, will not have an immediate impact for IBM AS/400 users, but there are plans to implement the platform for the first quarter of 2001. Right now, the S/390 is the platform the partnership will support, but others, including the AS/400, are to follow, says Sieg.

The partnership will offer connectivity solutions from Renex, and security products from Blockade, to businesses confronted with the task of finding comprehensive and effective security solutions.
The partnership will offer connectivity solutions from Renex, and security products from Blockade, to businesses confronted with the task of finding comprehensive and effective security solutions for multi-platform environments.

Enterprise integration of Blockade products, within the environment, is what the partnership will eventually offer AS/400 users, says Sieg.

Renex and Blockade’s partnership will offer a combined solution consisting of Renex’ eZ 3270 and eZ 5250, its latest Web-to-Host solutions, and Blockade’s EAC, an authentication and authorization product that supports several platforms, including Windows NT, Sun Solaris, HP-UX and IBM AS/400.

Sieg says the companies’ solutions will back each other, and that Blockade will become a reseller of Renex products. A more extensive partnership is not planned at this point in time, says Sieg.

Renex Corporation’s eZ 3270 and 5250 are its latest solutions, launched in March this year. They are completely browser-based, which eliminates software distribution to the user desktop while providing the speed and functionality of a Windows-based emulator. They also support multiple, simultaneous display and printer sessions, as well as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and third party login security. The company has produced connectivity products for IBM mainframes and AS/400s since 1980.

Blockade, formed in 1988, delivers centralized security authentication, authorization, administration audit, and password synchronization. Unlike other security software, EAC is not a “point-to-point” system designed for interaction between just a few platforms and operating systems, but is designed to work from the enterprise host across the entire enterprise. Several Fortune 100 companies are currently using its Extended Access Control product.

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