Network Access Protection extended to Linux and Mac

Also at IT Forum, Microsoft announced three new third party products that will extend Network Access Protection (NAP) to Linux and Mac Desktops as well as the first NAP-powered appliance.  The new products will extend NAP, a policy enforcement platform built into the Windows Vista operating system and the upcoming versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP SP 3, to non-Microsoft operating systems in heterogeneous network environments.  NAP is now deployed in over 150,000 desktops worldwide, including 70,000 desktops at Microsoft.


Announcements today included:

·         UNETsystem Inc. announced that Linux and Macintosh versions of the company’s Anyclick for NAP will be released in 2008, extending NAP technology to these desktops.

·         Avenda Systems, Inc. announced the upcoming release of the Avenda Linux Network Access Protection Agent, which extends Network Access Protection technology to network endpoints running the Linux operating system.   

·         Celestix Networks, Inc. announced that it has developed the first purpose-built appliance for delivering NAP policy-enforcement platform.  Celestix has scheduled the release of the new appliances shortly after Microsoft releases Server 2008.