New Napera Beta Integrates Software Into Network Switches–Get A Free 24-port Gigabit Network Switch

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Napera, a recent Seattle-based startup, is looking for 100 IT and Network Managers for a closed beta test of their new 24-port gigabit network switch. Details below.

Napera is testing a relatively new concept–targeted security software subscriptions installed onto the network hardware. These security subscriptions recognize that different industries face different threat profiles–for example, the health industry versus the financial services industry.  Each industry is also willing to pay for different levels of security. CEO Todd Hooper explained it to me:

A good analogy is the trial antivirus software that is bundled with
computer. Imagine if networking hardware came with bundled security features
you could activate for a trial and subscribe to remotely, rather than being
a new single function box you had to buy just for this purpose.

The recent mini-epidemic of the Conficker worm shows that breached network security remains a very real threat for the enterprise. Networking hardware is now sophisticated enough that installing applications on the switches themselves results in extremely fast and cost-effective deployment–particularly for businesses too small to hire a full-time security guru.

On the flip side, subscriptions to security in the cloud means your usage statistics can also be collected for continuous improvement. I don’t know if Napera intends to do this, but it certainly seems the logical next step.

Beta details:

Napera is looking for 100 IT and Network Managers to join a closed beta test
of our most innovative product features. We will ship you a fully
functional, business class, 24-port gigabit network switch. Install it on
your network, use it, and keep it, with our thanks for participation in our
beta program. We will ask you to turn on and use advanced features, never
before seen in network switching equipment. Give us your feedback, ideas,
and comments.

The beta test is open to US residents only and will take 90 days.
Participants responsible for hardware shipping and handling.

Apply to participate in the Napera Project Indigo Beta Test at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=3_2bo0W86aSCZR65aT2zIU5g_3d_3d

  • http://www.aventurehost.com Richard

    Bah, US Only, typical!

  • Geoff

    I agree with Richard. Double bah!

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  • Mike S

    i’ll second that. US only sucks

    • Josh

      Just another perk of living in the US :)

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  • Eric

    Excellent post. We need this technology badly.
    Considering that most network security threats come from outside the US, it is appropriate that the testing of this device starts at home — I hope that if it is successful, it will stay that way.
    All others, s***w you!

  • Sung

    Another example of hardware as a service when you can enable features for additional after sale revenue

  • http://www.manender.com Manender

    Why only US residents????
    That’s one more bah….

    • http://newhomebasedbusinessidea.net/ NewHomeBasedBusinessIdea

      there is a world outside USA….

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  • askzyx

    What’s new? Cisco already offers an integrated offer today for Small Business.. Wi-Fi router embedded wih Subscription based Anti-spam, URL filtering etc etc using Trend Micro.

  • AJ

    Cisco/Trend’s anti-spam & URL filtering won’t stop malware like Conficker because it doesn’t always come through the Internet gateway.

  • Piero

    Another more bah for US only.. :-(

    • http://www.jeffwidman.com/blog/ Jeff Widman

      Sorry for all the non-US folks. Wish I could help you.

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  • Brian

    I applied and was chosen. I had to pay $30 shipping/handling, but you get to keep the unit.

  • Dennis

    We were chosen also, and so far it’s a pretty cool product.

  • Adam

    I’ve heard great things about this, I’d love to have software like this, are there any alternatives? Possibly something I could run On a gateway server? or on a vm to test, I’ve played with Smoothwall, and PFsense, but I have nothing internally, and the authentication would be nice too. Even if it isn’t so shiny, anyone know of something?

  • AJ

    The nature of this type of network security product means it really has to live inside the switching layer, not at the gateway like a firewall.

    The firewall technology you see in Smoothwall and PFsense was commercialized in the 90’s, and it took many years for open source to catch up. There is one open source alternative called Packetfence but it is very complex and not as slick as Napera.

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  • http://www.proxynetworks.com Remote control software

    Great news, now our networks will be more secularized.

    Thanks for the post

  • http://www.insegment.com sem

    Improving security is always a good thing. Maybe the next improvement would be advancing this outside of the United States.

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