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February 2, 2007

Microsoft Launches Intelligent Application Gateway 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 2:06 PM ET.

Press release:

Feb. 1, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007. IAG 2007 combines the secure sockets layer virtual private networking (SSL VPN) and Web application firewall product obtained in the acquisition of Whale Communications in July 2006, with the Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), integrated to provide a single, consolidated appliance for network perimeter defense, remote access, endpoint security management and application-layer protection. More information about ISA Server and Whale Communications can be found at

IAG 2007 is now available in pre-installed and configured appliances manufactured by Celestix Networks Inc. and Network Engines Inc. and sold through a wide range of reseller partners. To meet the needs of security resellers and make SSL VPNs more affordable for all customers, Microsoft has simplified pricing and licensing for IAG 2007, which will now include all-in-one pricing for the gateway, and all Intelligent Application Optimizers, Network Connectors and security modules developed for business-critical applications to implement specific client-side and enhanced application-layer security policies. In addition, client access licenses will now be based on the number of authenticated users or devices connecting to IAG appliances rather than on concurrent users, providing customers with more flexible and scalable pricing and licensing.

IAG is the old Whale Communications brand name.

Note also that IAG 2007 is only available on hardware:

IAG 2007 is available only as an appliance, and Microsoft’s OEM partners will provide the hardware frontline services and support for the product, said Sloss. The Redmond, Wash.-based vendor has partnered with Network Engines and Celestix Networks and is looking for additional partners, he said.

“The OEMs will own that relationship with the customer and provide maintenance and front line support. There’s a real opportunity for additional revenue,” said Sloss.

Also in related Microsoft security news:

Microsoft also announced its has signed up more than 100 networking and security partners to support Network Access Protection, the vendor’s long awaited network access control product, which will be ready for widespread use when Longhorn Server launches later this year.

There is more in the NAP press release.

Filed under Celestix, Coopetition, ISA Server, Microsoft, Network Access Protection, Network Engines, OS - Client, OS - Server, Servers, Technologies, Whale Communications, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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September 6, 2006

Microsoft and Cisco unveil interoperability architecture

Posted by David Hunter at 1:33 PM ET.

Press release:

Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are delivering on their previously stated commitment to provide customers and partners with clear guidance on how Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) and Microsoft® Network Access Protection (NAP) will interoperate. The two companies are demonstrating the new interoperable architecture at The Security Standard conference (, which opened today in Boston.

A technical white paper released today by the two companies describes how Cisco NAC and Microsoft NAP interoperate for security policy enforcement and health assessment. The white paper describes the architecture and provides details on how to integrate the embedded security capabilities of Cisco’s network infrastructure with those of Microsoft Windows Vista™ and the future version of Windows Server®, code-named “Longhorn.” The white paper can be downloaded at and

In addition, the two companies have revealed a general road map for bringing Cisco NAC and Microsoft NAP interoperability to market, including a limited beta program set to start later this calendar year. Customers will be able to start deploying the Cisco NAC-Microsoft NAP interoperable solution once Windows Server “Longhorn” is available in the second half of 2007. Cisco and Microsoft have cross-licensed the Cisco NAC and Microsoft NAP protocols to help ensure interoperability and to enable both companies to respond to future market and customer requirements.

Although both companies will continue delivering their individual solutions, customers now have a choice between Cisco NAC, Microsoft NAP, or the interoperable solution from both companies. The joint architecture allows communication and policy enforcement across Cisco NAC and Microsoft NAP, enabling an end-to-end solution to be built around the Cisco and Microsoft interoperability. Technology partners of the Microsoft NAP and Cisco NAC ecosystems can also refer to the joint architecture for building or marketing solutions that work within the joint framework.

If the above description is making your eyes glaze over, here’s a short course courtesy of Paul F. Roberts at Infoworld:

Network access control technology allows companies to perform health checks on endpoint devices such as PCs and mobile devices before they are granted access to company networks. For example, worker PCs might be checked to make sure they are not infected with a virus, have up-to-date antivirus definitions, and a desktop firewall enabled before being allowed onto a corporate LAN.

Cisco first unveiled products that support its NAC architecture in June 2004. Since then it has slowly expanded NAC support from routers to switches and introduced a NAC appliance, formerly known as “Clean Access.” Microsoft’s Network Admission Protection (NAP) client health screening architecture has always been linked to its upcoming desktop and server operating system releases Vista and Longhorn, both due in 2007.

In the face of strong customer pressure to simplify the competing architectures, the two companies said in October, 2004 that they would integrate NAC and NAP.

Hit the link for more, but per the press release above there are now three competing solutions so the games have just started.

Filed under Cisco, Coopetition, Microsoft, Network Access Protection, OS - Client, OS - Server, Technologies, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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