The irony in all this is that Cisco really nailed this concept with another initiative called directory enabled networking , back in the 1990s.In the end, it doesn't matter what you call it, identity-based networking will supersede vendor-based initiatives and become mainstream over the next few years.For more on today's announcements, check out fellow Craver Kent German's post .
Once the network gains intelligence on users and devices, it can offer a helping hand inside and outside the enterprise.NAC as a concept may be a bit long in the tooth, but identity-based networking is just beginning.Motorola also made mention of the GSM Motorola Q , which has been renamed the Motorola Q 8, but did not say whether it would launch this product in the United States.As you may recall, the company said back at CTIA 2007 that it had no plans to bring the Q 8 stateside because there was no interest.The Moto Q 9 will run Windows Mobile 6 and support HSDPA/UMTS networks for data speeds of up to 3.6Mbps.
In fact, Motorola reps went so far as to say that the Q 9 was the fastest smart phone in the world to date and made it a point to call out the Apple i Phone . Motorola Q 8 Other highlights of the smart phone include: Support for up to eight corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts, including AOL, Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail Integrated Bluetooth with support for the A2DP profile for stereo Bluetooth headsets A 2-megapixel camera with 8X zoom and video-recording capabilities at 15 frames per second Texas Instrument OMAP 2420 processor and 96MB of RAM; 256MB flash memory and a micro SD expansion slot Revamped design with new QWERTY keyboard and seven dedicated one-touch keys to access the Web, e-mail, camera, and so forth.NAC was primarily based upon one-off appliances while identity-based networking is built into the entire network.Wired, wireless, and remote users must walk through a security line regardless of where their network journey begins. Aside from when and where I can gain network access, policies span security, compliance, and quality of service.In the intervening years, the NAC concept gained popularity, drove tremendous VC investment, and most recently came crashing down in a micro boom-to-bust cycle. Out of the ashes, NAC is slowly changing and moving in the right direction toward identity-based networking.Rather than a myopic security tool, identity-based networking initiatives: Span the enterprise.Whether you like it or not, there are holes in the "always-on" nature of the social Web, the "snack culture" of short blog entries and camera phone video clips that have made dozens of doomsday prophets hail the impending death of anything longer than three minutes or 500 words , and the geeky power trips that come from being able to dig up Perez Hilton -worthy levels of dirt through Google searches.