Vernier Networks Unveils Industry’s First Modular High-Performance Network Access Control (NAC) Platform

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Vernier Networks extends product portfolio with the EdgeWall 8800 Network Access Control platform to support high-speed wired environments and also integrates inline intrusion detection and prevention

Vernier Networks, a leading provider of Network Access Control (NAC) solutions, today announced the EdgeWall 8800 as the latest addition to its EdgeWall family of products. Purpose-built from the ground up for the most demanding enterprise network environments, the EdgeWall 8800 is the first Network Access Control product to deliver wire-speed authenticated and validated access to all users throughout the network, and then inspect and protect user traffic from security threats and malicious behavior with a fully integrated Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) engine.

“The job of Network Access Control (NAC) solutions only begin with authorizing users and inspecting client configurations for policy compliance,” said Eric Ogren, security analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. “Organizations are looking for NAC solutions that leverage endpoint intelligence to deliver continuous protection against worms, spyware, malicious behavior and endpoint configurations that slip out of compliance. Vernier Networks now enables customers to enforce user-based security policies throughout the network to safely allow access from high-speed wired, wireless and remote locations.”

Leveraging five years of experience in deploying Network Access Control solutions at over 500 customers worldwide, the EdgeWall 8800 has been specifically designed and targeted towards deployments where extensive security capabilities must be cost-effectively aggregated between the access and distribution or core switching layers of the network. With a throughput capacity of up to 40Gbps, the EdgeWall 8800 is the highest performance Network Access Control platform that authenticates, validates and authorizes compliant endpoints, quarantines and remediates infected devices, and continuously inspects traffic for policy compliance. The Vernier Networks’ EdgeWall 8800 is the first NAC platform to be able to detect policy compliance violations at layers 4 through 7 in real time, identify the user associated with this traffic, and immediately quarantine and remediate their endpoint device.

“The Vernier Networks NAC solution has been easy to configure and manage within the Colorado State University College of Business. It has given us consistent results in the areas of controlled access to the network and elimination or reduction of harmful network traffic, enabling our users to compute in a safer overall environment while reducing our IT staff workload," said Jon Schroth, Director of Technology for the College of Business. “The new EdgeWall 8800 platform is a strategic extension to the existing Vernier EdgeWall product line to address the needs for high speed wired environments, and we are eager to begin trials of the new platform. The architecture of the 8800 certainly appears to be highly innovative and designed to meet the most demanding application security requirements today and in the future.”

Packaged in a four-slot chassis design with optional interface cards, customers can deploy the EdgeWall 8800 in configurations that best suit their needs today and then expand their deployments as they desire going forward. Centralized management, configuration, and policy distribution is handled by the Vernier Networks’ Control Server appliance, which also supports the existing family of Vernier EdgeWall products geared towards wireless, remote access, and lower speed wired deployments. With the addition of the EdgeWall 8800 into Vernier’s product portfolio, customers now have a wide range of cost-effective and flexible deployment options for in-line Network Access Control throughout the network.

“Over the past five years, Vernier Networks has brought forth the richest and most advanced set of NAC features available on the market today, and we leveraged our extensive installed base of Vernier Networks customers to extend our product portfolio with a product that best suits their emerging needs,” said Rod Murchison, vice president of marketing for Vernier Networks. “With the advanced and innovative design of the EdgeWall 8800, Vernier Networks has been able to quickly incorporate and extend a robust set of our NAC capabilities that have been proven in hundreds of production networks worldwide. As a powerful extension of the EdgeWall product family, the 8800 redefines NAC for the networks of today and lays the foundation for defending the networks of tomorrow.”

Utilizing Cavium Networks’ OcteonTM Multi-Core MIPS64 processors, the EdgeWall 8800 delivers on the promise of a high-performance NAC solution with extensive layer 4-7 protection capabilities at a competitive price. The EdgeWall 8800 offers scalability, flexibility and modularity in design, allowing for the straightforward addition of future application-level security innovations to the platform.

Pricing & Availability

Vernier’s EdgeWall 8800 is entering customer trials and will be generally available in the third quarter of 2006. Pricing configurations start at $29,990.

About Vernier Networks

Vernier Networks delivers the industry’s leading Network Access Control products that are designed to ensure network compliance. The award-winning EdgeWall product line authenticates, validates and authorizes compliant endpoints, quarantines and remediates infected devices and continuously inspects traffic for policy compliance. Vernier Networks’ products are deployed at hundreds of enterprises, higher education institutions, healthcare organizations and government agencies worldwide. Headquartered in Mountain View, California with sales operations and channel partners worldwide, Vernier can be found on the web

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