Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Windows Server -08 gets NAMA endorsement

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has endorsed the recently launched Microsoft Windows Server 2008, saying it has enhanced its security and improved network access control.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) manager at NAMA, Mr. Ogochukwu Ifeanyi said that since its establishment in 1999, NAMA has witnessed some infrastructural changes by way of trying to improve on its services by ensuring the security of flights in the country.

NAMA, he said, recently completed its electronic flight (e-flight) planning management system pilot, which is a web-based application that facilitates online flight planning.

“We realised quickly that we needed a strong and secure identity and access management solution, as well as strict security and policy enforcement for our entire network,” he said, adding that the remedy was found in the enhanced network security features of Network Access Protection (NAP) in Windows Server 2008.

“What solved this particular problem was our recognition of the fact that the enhanced network security features of NAP in Windows Server 2008 were exactly what we were looking for,” Mr. Ifeanyi said.

The deal facilitated by Microsoft business partner, 1st Intell IT Solutions Limited was a stroke on the rock.

He listed some of the benefits of deploying the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 to include the use of identity and access solutions to manage user identity and associated access privileges properly.

Additionally, he said, that by focusing on security and ease of use, these solutions have been able to assist NAMA in boosting productivity, reduce Information Technology (IT) costs, and eliminate of complexity in the management of identity and access.

“The fact that we have NAP allows us to address the industry-wide problem of ‘unhealthy’ computers accessing and compromising our agency’s network,” he pointed out.

Champion Infotel recollects that Microsoft Corporation, recently launched its latest in shelf solution, the Windows Server 2008 in the city of Lagos, just as it plans to spread the launch across 38 countries within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

Speaking to newsmen at the event, Core Infrastructure Server Products and Solutions Lead for MEA, Mr. Goksel Topbas, said that already, the launch has taken off in some African countries including Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

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