Mirage Releases Industry's First Ruggedized NAC Appliance : New Appliance Withstands Harshest IT Environments

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Mirage Networks, developer of patented, full-cycle Network Access Control (NAC) technology, today announced the release of a ruggedized appliance that is designed for environments where standard equipment cannot be deployed. The new appliance withstands temperature extremes, vibration and airborne contaminants – conditions that occur in less than ideal environments where computing equipment is essential.

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To operate in our subway system, IT and telecom devices must be ruggedized. Product manufacturers must take specific steps to ensure performance under harsh conditions.

"We have a unique challenge with environmental factors at New York City Transit," said Zhi-Wei Lin, project engineer with the Communications Engineering Group at New York City Transit. "To operate in our subway system, IT and telecom devices must be ruggedized. Product manufacturers must take specific steps to ensure performance under harsh conditions."

Independently tested to comply with select MIL-STD-810F standards, the ruggedized NAC appliance was engineered for industrial environments in gas and energy, transportation, military and manufacturing organizations. But customers across all vertical markets have requirements for devices that are durable enough to withstand severe conditions.

Many organizations do not have dedicated facilities for IT equipment and deploy them into poorly ventilated spare closets or alongside heavy industrial machinery. And while data centers and IT closets are often cool and clean environments, in many cases they do not meet specifications for HVAC and air purity. Offshore oil rigs, power generation plants, manufacturing facilities and mass transit systems are only a few examples of harsh environments where organizations have a tremendous challenges deploying computing equipment.

"Our customers have countless situations where they can't deploy equipment in a sealed white room," said David Thomas, vice president of products for Mirage Networks. "We designed this product for the real world where it's gritty, hot, and often very shaky. By providing a ruggedized appliance that is rock solid, we can help our customers keep their network infrastructures secure, and their businesses online."

Mirage's NAC solution enables maximum network performance by controlling network access, isolating noncompliant and threatening endpoints, and providing self-remediation capabilities. Mirage's network-based solution requires no agent software, deploys virtually inline, and works in any network environment.

Mirage solutions are made available through Authorized ChannelFirst Partners and can also be delivered as a managed service.

About Mirage Networks

Mirage Networks, Inc. is the leading provider of Network Access Control (NAC) solutions. Mirage's patented technology gives organizations control of all network devices, increases network uptime, ensures policy compliance, and reduces operational costs. Mirage's NAC appliances work in all network environments, deploy virtually inline, and require neither signatures nor agents to enforce policy and terminate zero-day threats. Mirage Networks is a consistent winner of industry awards and recognition. Learn more at http://www.miragenetworks.com or visit the Mirage CTO Blog at http://www.mirageblog.com.

© 2008, Mirage Networks, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Mirage Networks, its product and program names, and design marks are trademarks of Mirage Networks, Inc.

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