CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - Bradford Networks™, the best choice to secure network access for BYOD, and Brocade® (NASDAQ: BRCD), a leader in networking solutions, today announced a strategic partnership and an integrated bring-your-own-device (BYOD) security solution. The solution utilizes Bradford Networks' patented Network Sentry solution to provide customers with secure network access control (NAC) across the Brocade wired and wireless HyperEdge™ Architecture.
"We are a long-time customer of both Bradford and Brocade. As the volume of personal and corporate-owned devices connecting to our network continues to grow, we need integrated offerings that can address the new security and scalability challenges of ensuring BYOD across our campus," said Greg Schuman, network analyst, Franklin & Marshall College. "The partnership and integrated solution between Bradford Networks and Brocade will allow users on the Franklin & Marshall College network to become more securely and better connected, which has the potential to increase productivity."
The recently announced Brocade HyperEdge Architecture automates and simplifies the campus network, creating a holistic wireless and wired infrastructure that enables organizations to harness the productivity gains and competitive edge that mobility cloud-enabled services and applications offer. It delivers a campus environment that quickly and easily scales and responds to the demands of increased user mobility, while delivering instant access to services and applications, at a low total cost of ownership. Bradford Networks' Network Sentry NAC solution automatically identifies and profiles all devices and all users connecting to the HyperEdge Architecture -- providing complete visibility into who, what, where, and when someone connects to the Brocade network -- and then provisions network access based on pre-defined security policies.
The Brocade HyperEdge Architecture and Bradford Networks' Network Sentry solution work seamlessly together to provide easy connectivity for personal and corporate devices while safeguarding access to corporate assets and ensuring a high-quality user experience.
Key benefits and features of the integrated secure BYOD solution include:
- Delivers enterprise-wide network visibility and access control of all devices connecting to the Brocade infrastructure (wired, wireless, or VPN)
- Works seamlessly with the HyperEdge Architecture Distributed Access Point Forwarding technology to ensure a secure high-quality mobile user experience
- Provides automated profiling of user device type and risk posture ensuring a high-quality and safe user experience
- Enables dynamic provisioning and enforcement of security policies on the existing and new Brocade network equipment
- Leverages the command and control of the HyperEdge Architecture to protect intellectual property and critical infrastructure from unauthorized use
- Automates security operations and guided remediation of users and devices not meeting the default requirements for joining the network
"The explosion of BYOD and mobility makes secure, high-quality mobile user connectivity vastly more complicated. The disparate silos of security technologies and wired or wireless network connectivity are not sufficient to meet this challenge," said Siva Valliappan, senior director, campus product management, Brocade. "Our partnership with Bradford Networks combines best of class solutions for security and network infrastructure to deliver visibility and control over every single connection to our customers' networks while ensuring a high-quality user experience."
The integrated Bradford Networks and Brocade solution utilizes Bradford Networks' recently announced Network Sentry SmartEdge Platform™. The Network Sentry SmartEdge Platform is an open Application Programmer Interface (API) that enables industry-leading security, mobility management, and wired/wireless vendors to integrate with Network Sentry to extend and enhance BYOD visibility, control, and remediation out to the very edge of customers' networks.
"We are very pleased to partner with Brocade. Brocade is the latest vendor to join our SmartEdge ecosystem of leading technology partners that are integrating with Bradford Networks to deliver complete and secure solutions for BYOD," said Tom Murphy, CMO, Bradford Networks. "Many organizations are embracing the benefits of providing consistent and reliable connectivity for personal devices, but they also want to protect corporate assets from unauthorized access while keeping users productive. The integration provides a seamless solution that utilizes best of breed products to deliver a simple and secure BYOD strategy while ensuring a positive end-user experience."
About Bradford Networks
Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company's patented Network Sentry solution is the first network security offering that can automatically identify all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Unlike vendor-specific network security products, Network Sentry provides a view across all brands of network equipment and connecting devices eliminating the network blind spots that can introduce risk. Network Sentry is used by more than 900 enterprise customers worldwide in markets such as healthcare, financial services, retail, government, education and more. For more information, please visit www.bradfordnetworks.com.
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