HP Ready For NAC Fight - Page 2

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Apr 22, 2008
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Leveraging TNC

A year later, IF-TNCCS-SOH is still not yet ready for . Sanchez noted that HP's interoperability for NAP does not come by way of TNC at this point, but rather by way of Microsoft APIs for Server 2008.

Other networking vendors such as Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR) have already pledged to implement TNCCS-SOH when available.

"The Juniper Networks Infranet Controller, the policy management server at the heart of Juniper Networks Unified Access Control (UAC), will be able to leverage the TNC standard IF-TNCCS-SOH protocol," Rich Campagna, senior product manager, Juniper Networks told InternetNews.com.

"Juniper Networks UAC is expected to support this new TNC standard in the first half of 2008," Campagna said, adding that at Interop Las Vegas 2007, the company showed a preliminary prototype of this technology.

HP's Sanchez argued that the differences between what is available with Windows Server 2008 today and what IF-TNCCS-SOH will provide are "99 percent the same thing." The differences according to Sanchez are minor bug fixes and improvements.

Overall, though, Sanchez noted that the TNC does matter and customers appreciate open standards and the ability to choose from a vendor set that supports those standards.

That said, work needs to be done with TNC to make it more effective..

"One of the things we're working on is a compliance program to verify that vendors are adhering to the standards, and I believe that will relieve a lot of the deployment headaches that people face today," Sanchez said.

He added that today many interoperability difficulties exist among vendors who claim to be open standards based.

Article courtesy of InternetNews.com

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