Stories by Brian Fonseca

HP, Sun mend platform SPINE

Attempting to plug a critical hole exposed by the development of Web services, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard Co. have joined forces to create a management platform for Web services environments.

Network management vendors tout managed services

Network management vendors are adding managed services to their portfolios, chasing customers wrestling with complex, distributed systems and the migration headaches associated with adopting high-speed IP services.

Security vendors stand behind Tivoli Risk Manager

Network Associates (NAI), NFR Security, and Secure Computing announced this week that they have signed on to interoperate with IBM Corp.'s threat management software platform, Tivoli Risk Manager.

Microsoft readies Baseline Security Analyzer

Microsoft Corp. took up the lion's share of attention on the final day of the RSA Conference 2002 last Thursday, as a constant stream of show attendees huddled around the software giant's booth to glimpse a demo of its upcoming Baseline Security Analyzer vulnerability scanning product.

VeriSign opens up Web services road map

VeriSign announced its Web services push at RSA Conference 2002 Tuesday, unveiling plans to natively integrate its VeriSign Trust Services model with a stellar cast of Web services platform players and to offer open standards-based APIs and developer toolkits for in-house application integration efforts.

RSA: Computer Associates pushes PKI benefits

Determined to breathe life into the lackluster public key infrastructure (PKI) market, Computer Associates (CA) this week at RSA Conference 2002 will announce an updated version of its eTrust PKI solution and discuss its upcoming eTrust Web access control product.

MSPs tempt users with storage management services

MSPs (managed service providers) are tempting customers to consider hosted storage management as a way to jump start the utilisation of a glut of underused storage equipment and navigate complex storage environments, according to industry analysts.

Sun, Digex, and Divine push outsourced HIPPA solutions

At the 13th annual Health care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Atlanta this week, MSPs (managed service providers) Digex Inc. and Divine Inc. joined Sun Microsystems Inc. in announcing separate solutions designed to ease HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) implementations through outsourced means.

Kavado, Okena focus on application defenses

Okena Technologies and Kavado Inc. introduced products on Tuesday designed to safeguard applications from complex computer attacks that can run roughshod over firewall and intrusion detection systems.

Service providers push value envelope

The MSP (managed services provider) market was buzzing with activity on Monday as Loudcloud Inc., Cervalis, and Inforonics Inc. introduced new services designed to complement growing customer satisfaction demands.

Security delves deeper

Security systems are spreading roots deeper into network processes, leveraging directory and policy control to halt a growing breed of internal computer threats. Novell Inc., NetIQ Corp., and NetScreen Technologies Inc. are weighing in with products that integrate with these internal assets.

Security hardware finds renewal

As a year marked by increased computer attacks and vulnerabilities draws to a close, budget-conscious IT workers are seeking a way to combat the increasingly complex security assaults quickly, but with as little effort and cost as possible.

Ellison hypes Oracle9i, batters rivals

During his keynote speech into the early evening hours on the first day of Internet World in New York, Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Larry Ellison relentlessly battered the effectiveness of IBM Corp.'s flagship database product and Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange application server while painting his company's competing Oracle9i products as "unbreakable."