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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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Juniper Releases SSL VPN Client For Mobile Devices

Juniper Networks has announced the release of Juno Pulse, a downloadable SSL VPN client for verifying a device's compliance with endpoint security policies and creating secure connections between an enterprise network and laptops, netbooks, non-mobile devices, as well as a number of smartphones, including Microsoft Windows devices, Nokia Symbian, and the forthcoming iPhone 4G. Juniper also announced the release of new AppTrack software for providing detailed information about types of applications used, as well as how they're used, across an enterprise for designing better security policies. The software, which is compatible with Juniper's SRX Series Services Gateways, also adds application identification information to firewall logs.

Juno Pulse provides a single, consistent SSL VPN client that IT organizations could use across a range of different platforms. When used with Juniper's SSL VPN and unified access control (UAC) appliances, devices running the Juno Pulse client can also be handed off from VPN access to a direct connection, such as once a remote user arrives at their corporate campus.

From an endpoint security standpoint, Juno Pulse also provides network access control -- per the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Network Connect standard -- when used in conjunction with Juniper's SA Series SSL VPN Appliances, WXC Series Application Acceleration Platforms, or UAC appliances. For the iPhone, Juno Pulse builds on new capabilities first announced by Apple in April. In a statement, Apple said that iOS4 -- the recently renamed iPhone 4 OS -- would support "forthcoming SSL VPN applications from Juniper Networks and Cisco."

According to Juniper's Brendan Lewis, iOS4 "will have integrated, world-class SSL VPN capabilities, versus just supporting IPSec VPNs." One advantage of using an SSL VPN, typically, is that it provides more fine-grained access control -- for example, role-based access to a subset of enterprise applications. Another advantage, historically, has been a lower cost of support, versus IPsec VPN clients. 

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