Lok Technology has announced the availability of its IP management and control software “
” for Mac OS X Server — an acronym for network admission, reconnaissance and control. Narc costs costs $14,950.
Aimed specifically at large-scale educational institution use, narc is designed to provide IT managers a unified method for managing network traffic, handling authentication, authorization, accounting, audiiting and instrumentation. The Apple Xserve used as the narc host acts as a truck interceptor that operates between two network segments.
If the price sounds extreme, Lok Technology contends that often, network administrators working in educational environments need to set up separate systems to manage tasks like traffic shaping, link control, threat management, asset control, persistence and instrumentation. Narc is designed to provide all those services using a single Xserve box.
Narc is a Universal binary designed to run natively on Intel and PowerPC-based Xserves alike.