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Microsoft Partners Aren't Sleeping on NAP

More than 100 partners have committed to supporting Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP) technology for quarantining and remediating edge devices, such as roaming laptops.

"It's the who's who in all of the major categories," Mike Schutz, group product manager in Microsoft's edge and security organization, said when Microsoft announced the partner support in February.

NAP support ships in Windows Vista and will ship in Windows Server "Longhorn," scheduled for later this year. NAP is designed to provide components and an application programming interface that help administrators enforce compliance with health policies for network access or communications. Using NAP, third-party developers and administrators can build solutions for validating computers that connect to their networks, provide needed updates or access to needed resources and limit the access of non-compliant computers.

One important name on Microsoft's list of supporters is Cisco Systems Inc., although the two companies have been working together for awhile to ensure NAP and Cisco's Network Admission Control (NAC) would interoperate. Other major players lining up to support NAP include Citrix Systems Inc., McAfee Inc., Nortel Networks, RSA Inc. (a division of EMC Corp.), Symantec Corp. and Trend Micro Inc.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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