Analyst firm Gartner rates Whale as "visionary" in the SSL VPN space because it has gone further than other vendors in developing special optimizations for applications, including Microsoft's SharePoint and Outlook Web Access, as well as IBM's Domino products, according to a Gartner report published in December.
What direction will the company be taking now that Microsoft calls the shots? Likely, it will largely be unchanged from a technical standpoint, but may end up moving towards a combination of an MS software package coupled with an MS appliance.
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