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Cisco, Intel collaborate on enterprise WLANs

Intel and Cisco will expand their collaboration in enhancing the capabilities of WLANs and bolstering the security of enterprise networks. The two companies have produced what they call the Business Class Wireless Suite, which targets companies using Cisco's Unified Wireless Architecture and Intel Centrino mobile technology. The solution will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

The two companies will also participate in programs led by each of them: Intel will join the Cisco-led Network Admission Control (NAC) program, which helps customers deal more effectively with security threats; Cisco will join Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) program, which aims to improve enterprise IT management. NAC and AMT will become compatible in the fourth quarter of this year.

For more on the joint Intel-Cisco effort:
- see Cisco's press releases on security | business wireless suite
- and this Intel press release

PLUS: Avaya is working with Intel to improve communications for the growing mobile workforce. Report

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