In an interview at Interop, Avenda CTO Michael Fine said the work with Microsoft on client systems is an extension of the company's planned strategy. "It gives us a lot of credibility in the client space as far as delivering agents for Linux," he says. "We're working with them to make sure Linux is as compatible as Windows" with NAP.
Microsoft's partnership with the start-up is a much-needed acknowledgment that, despite its claims on Linux patents, enterprises of any meaningful size have Windows and Linux clients, and the value of NAP would be restricted without support for Linux.
Fine says Avenda could deliver its Linux agents in the next few months, and will look to license the software to customers using Microsoft NAP. The Linux client code will also work with Avenda's own eTips system when that ships.