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.