Aruba Expands ClearPass for BYOD
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The ClearPass solution was first introduced in February of 2012. ClearPass is a Linux-based server appliance that provides FreeRADIUS-based access control. ClearPass 6.2 combines Network Access Control (NAC) for employees with NAC for guests. NAC technology provides device health and posture checks to ensure that a device is secure and able to join the network safely. Prior to the ClearPass 6.2 release, the NAC-for-guests component was a separate product from Aruba, called Amigopod.
In the first Aruba ClearPass release, a server-side component validated user names and did some device profiling, as Manav Khurana, senior director of product and solutions marketing for Aruba Networks, explained to Enterprise Networking Planet. ClearPass 6.2, according to Khurana, "adds device control with Mobile Device Management (MDM) and application control with policy management."
Khurana added that prior to the new release, Aruba only did network access restrictions. With the new release, enforcement on mobile devices on a per-application basis is now possible.