Short takes from this week's networks news
Branch offices secured by Network Appliance
Network Appliance has introduced a security appliance for branch office users. The Netapp Netcache C1300 system, a component of the company's Uncompromised Security portfolio, is designed to improve internet access and security and accelerate access to web content and applications. The appliance integrates with web security and content delivery technologies.
Applications have not improved since 2003
Data from Wan optimisation company Packeteer has found that applications on more than 200 US and European enterprise networks have not improved since 2003. From the company's own research, half of all companies surveyed have seen an increase in problems with the performance of their applications. These issues persist despite the fact that available bandwidth has increased.
Juniper buys Funk to plug a gap in NAC
Juniper is to acquire Funk Software to offer an alternative to Cisco's Network Admission Control (NAC) initiative. Funk is a member of the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Network Connect consortium, which is trying to provide an open architecture for NAC. According to analyst firm Gartner, Funk will provide the ability to enforce access control at Layer 2 - a component currently missing from the Juniper offering.
GFI updates NSS with 'fingerprinting'
Network security provider GFI has released Languard Network Security Scanner 7.0, the latest version of the company's network scanning tool. The new version offers scanning of anti-virus and anti-spyware deployments and provides multilingual patch management and support for Linux. Version 7.0 also provides network port scanning through a service called fingerprinting, which GFI said allows IT staff to track down unauthorised and potentially malicious services running on their network.