I showed a video of Forefront and NAP integration a few weeks back, which is a good example of related technologies integrating nicely, but you'd at least hope that Microsoft technologies would integrate pretty well... (insert Can of Worms here) :-)

Anyway, ProCurve, by HP, has paired up with Microsoft to enable its Identity Driven Manager (IDM) tool to integrate with Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP).  Now, I'm not up on the features that ProCurve offers, but for me, it's a great example of Partners understanding a building integration with NAP, as for me, it's one of the top features of Windows Server 2008.  If you're not up on NAP, you can read a bit about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/security-policy.aspx.

"According to ProCurve chief security architect Mauricio Sanchez, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor will complement NAP and add a layer of security policy enforcement at the edge. ProCurve's integration with Microsoft, Sanchez said, is a move to get in front of the ever-growing base of users that have or will soon deploy Server 2008, which comes with NAP functionality embedded.

Sanchez said ProCurve's IDM, a policy management solution, switches and wireless access points are now compatible with NAP, opening the door for customized network access policies for admission of users and clients in both wired and wireless environments.

"It's extending Microsoft NAP with stronger identity management capabilities," he said. "The NAC market emerged from the device health mantra but one of the missing pieces that customers are starting to question and ask for is the identity piece."

Read the full article here: http://www.crn.com/networking/207400662