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D-Link integrates Microsoft NAP into xStack switches

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D-Link has announced the integration of Microsoft Network Access Protection
(NAP) technology in its family of xStack switches.  Microsoft NAP is a new
platform that controls access to network resources based on a client
computer's identity and its adherence with a company's corporate governance
policy.

Providing enterprise-level security and advanced network interoperability,
Network Access Protection (NAP) is one of the most desired and highly
anticipated features of Windows Server 2008.
With the support of Microsoft NAP, D-Link xStack switches ensure that each
host's access to the network is only possible if they comply with the IT
security policies, as well as the update of anti-virus signatures and
patches from the operating system.
D-Link and Microsoft's main objective is that users can secure their network
systems against possible infected computers and implement more effective
security policies on computer networks.
Microsoft  Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement technology
built into the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems that
allows customers to better protect network assets from unhealthy computers
by enforcing compliance with network health policies.
Network administrators are able to define granular levels of network access
based on who a client is, the groups to which the client belongs, and the
degree to which that client is compliant with a corporate governance policy.
This provides customers with bespoke enterprise-level security features that
ultimately delivers valuable piece of mind, knowing that the network is
protected by the latest security advances.
"At Microsoft we are delighted that D-Link has integrated Network Access
Protection into their products, helping customers deploy NAP across their
infrastructures," said Gareth Hall, Windows Server Product Manager,
Microsoft.
D-Link's xStack family is a high-end switching solution that delivers the
advanced speed, management and security functionality that the ever-changing
business market demands. In the last two years, D-Link has achieved global
recognition, with significant uptake of its xStack switch range in the
telecoms and corporate sectors.
Commenting on the announcement, Tobie van Schalkwyk, country manager for
D-Link in South Africa, says: "The partnership between D-Link and Microsoft
completes the powerful feature-set of our family of corporate xStack
switches. In the future we also plan to integrate Microsoft NAP technology
into our NetDefend security products, which will enable us to secure E2ES
communications.
"Ensuring maximum security of the network is what IT professionals and CIOs
are looking to achieve today. By integrating NAP in solutions from D-Link,
our customers will benefit from improved security policies for access to the
network," concludes Van Schalkwyk.
The xStack technology, ranging from 10/100 and Gigabit switches up to
managed Layer 2, -3 and -4 switches, offer a total solution for any
corporate environment. All xStack switches are equipped with comprehensive
security and control features, advanced Quality of Service (QoS), and a
simple management interface which relieves the burden on network
administrators.