Stories by Brian Fonseca

Remote access players lock down networks

Unable to rely on VPNs (virtual private networks) to protect remote access to internal data, customers are zeroing in on simplified products to augment existing security infrastructures.

NetWorld+Interop - Customers re-evaluate best-of-breed merits

As the NetWorld+Interop conference 2002 draws to a close on Thursday, customers are leaving behind a message to a broad range of network management vendors: New development efforts are fine, but functionality and performance are what sits atop priority lists.

Loudcloud slashes outsourcing starting point

In a move to attract customers unwilling to bite on its fully outsourced Web site management offering, Loudcloud this week unveiled Managed Services 3.0, an expanded range of services equipped with a radically reduced pricing scheme and customized hosted solution.

NetWorld+Interop - Remote access redux

Unable to rely upon VPNs to protect remote access to internal data, customers are zeroing in on simplified products to augment existing security infrastructure.

Response Networks targets service-level management

Response Networks this week announced the availability of Pulsar xSP 1.5, its new service-level management tool designed to spot potential SLA (service-level agreement) violations and monitor all SLA activity by client and service policy through a Web-based portal.

CA WORLD - Unicenter vaults into wireless management

Pushing functionality of its flagship network management platform deeper into the wireless realm, Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) on Monday unveiled Unicenter WNM (Wireless Network Management) and Unicenter MDM (Mobile Device Management).

CA WORLD - CustomerConnect self-service plug-ins unveiled

Banging the drum once more this week about its mission to narrow the comfort level gap between the giant software maker and its customer base, Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) on Tuesday announced CustomerConnect, a new set of Web-based self-service features designed to access and control personal accounting and finance information.

WLAN security tools on the horizon

Embarking on two different approaches to proactively secure the number of mushrooming WLANs (wireless local area networks) cropping up, Funk Software Inc. and Network Instruments LLC have new security solutions on tap for release Monday.

Microsoft defends Baseline Security Analyzer tool

Responding to escalating criticism that its new Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) vulnerability file scanning product is not up to snuff, Microsoft Corp. says users finding difficulty with the new software tool may be misinterpreting the results of the freeware product's findings.

Everdream puts Web services into desktop offering

Everdream announced on Monday that it is bolstering its Managed Desktop Services solution to include future delivery of Web services capability for IT asset management and is branching out to support major PC platforms and more complicated software packages including Tivoli, Intel LANDesk, and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).

Tivoli targets Business Impact Management

IBM announced more than 30 new and upgraded systems management products on Monday as the underpinning of its automated and server-integration-friendly Business Impact Management strategy for Tivoli Systems customers.

McAfee fortifies Desktop Firewall with IDS

McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates Inc., announced the availability of McAfee Desktop Firewall 7.5 on Monday, combining packet and application filtering and embedded IDS (intrusion detection system) technology to secure enterprises and remote users.

Platform offers site assurance

Platform Computing announced the release of Platform SiteAssure 2.1 on Monday, offering customers an upgraded version of its distributed computing software equipped with new integrated service-level transaction probing and beefed-up management features.