Intel and Cisco Systems have decided to speed up their collaborative efforts to come out with a much improved upon wireless and security solution for corporate consumers. Both these companies already share a partnership for technology development in some specific areas, and as per the latest announcement, they are now aiming to enhance the reliability of wireless LAN services and intend to provide improved security solutions for enterprise networks.
The two companies have already developed Business Class Wireless LANs services that comprise of Cisco’s Unified Wireless Architecture and Intel Centrino mobile technology. This will be made available to consumers from Q1, 2006. As for enhanced security solutions for enterprises, Intel is joining the Network Admission Control (NAC) program of Cisco and Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) program will be joined by Cisco to speed up the mutual efforts. Integration of these two programs is expected to facilitate enterprises better, advanced mechanism against security threats and will also bring down their costs in safeguarding these networks.
Charles Giancarlo, Chief Development Officer at Cisco Systems says, “Business Class Wireless aims to provide the best wireless experience by enabling a better user experience for Intel clients running over Cisco wireless enterprise infrastructure. Security continues to be a major concern for organizations, and with Intel representing the first silicon manufacturer to join the NAC industry effort, client devices can continue to be treated as trusted elements on the network.”
Cisco’s NAC and Intel’s AMT programs are likely to become compatible by the fourth quarter of this year. A new jointly launched website has been put online, for more information visit http://www.ciscointelalliance.com.