Tuesday, April 22, 2008

ProCurve Networking Strengthens Network Security, Integrates with Microsoft NAP Technology

ProCurve Networking by HP today announced that ProCurve Identity Driven Manager (IDM) policy management tool is now interoperable with Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP) technology, providing an integrated, standards-based solution for robust network security. The combined technology solution helps customers to implement customized network access policies for admission of users and clients in wired and wireless networks.
ProCurve's IDM policy management tool enables network administrators to centrally define and apply policy-based network access rights that allow the network to automatically adapt to the needs of users and devices as they connect. It enforces network security while providing appropriate access to network users and devices.
Microsoft NAP is a policy enforcement technology built into Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. It protects network assets by enforcing compliance with network health policies.

"Having ProCurve switches, access points and IDM complement Microsoft's NAP architecture provides customers with robust network security," said Mauricio Sanchez, chief security architect, ProCurve Networking by HP. "Through this integration, ProCurve continues to deliver on its ProActive Defense strategy, which combines access control and network immunity with trusted architecture to defend against potential security threats."

This integration represents another milestone in the longtime collaborative relationship between Microsoft and ProCurve. Their work includes defining the IEEE 802.1X standard and their involvement within the Trusted Computing Group to develop and promote open, vendor-neutral, industry standard specifications.

In addition, ProCurve is the global technology partner for Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs). MTCs were established in 2001 to showcase Microsoft and interoperable partner technologies that customers can use to plan, design and evaluate customized products and solutions. ProCurve is the sole network infrastructure vendor for all MTCs worldwide. The ProCurve infrastructure in each MTC allows customers to test their products and solutions in a highly available and secure network environment. In addition to ProCurve IDM, the MTCs have deployed ProCurve Gigabit Ethernet switches, access points and the ProCurve Manager Plus network management tool at several locations around the world.

This announcement further strengthens the technology collaboration between ProCurve and Microsoft and reinforces the open standards based solution delivered by ProCurve to meet customer and business requirements.

For more information on ProCurve IDM and Microsoft NAP integration, please visit http://www.procurve.com/security

About ProCurve Networking by HP

The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP delivers wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions. The foundation for ProCurve's business model is the Adaptive Networks strategy in which networks are adaptive to users, applications and an organization's needs.

ProCurve was positioned in the Leaders quadrant in research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.'s 2008 Magic Quadrant Report for Global Campus LANs and is No. 2 worldwide in Ethernet switch market revenue according to Dell'Oro Group.

Further information on ProCurve networking solutions, products and lifetime warranty is available at www.procurve.com.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling US$107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

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