Altiris addresses vulnerability assessment and remediation
Altiris announced last week Altiris Security Suite, a management suite that combines security vulnerability assessment with remediation tools. The suite automates assessment of the presence and status of anti-virus software, security patches, vulnerabilities, personal firewalls, system security, and unauthorized hardware, and it offers remediation capabilities. The suite includes several components. AuditExpress performs audit and assessment. Patch Management Solution automates remediation, patch management, and distribution. Web Administrator for Windows offers remote, real-time system management, including stop-start features and password reset. Application Metering Solution controls and restricts unauthorized programs and applications. Deployment Solution for Network Devices quarantines external threats. The suite starts at $59 per node.
Altiris Security Suite
Five Across bubbles service
Five Across earlier this month at IDG’s Syndicate Conference launched a hosted service of its blogging engine Bubbler. The “drag-and-drop Web publishing” service enables customers to create multipage Web sites, of which a blog may be a component. To that end, Bubbler provides page navigation, updates text and pages in near real time, allows customers to drag and drop photos, audio, and video onto pages, and offers what company execs call a Wiki-like collaboration model. Bubbler starts at $5 per month.
BMC upgrades Patrol
BMC has announced BMC Performance Manager, the next generation of its Patrol product. The software combines several functions of the full-featured agent-based Patrol with the ease-of-use features of Patrol Express. The first BMC Performance Manager release, BMC Performance Manager Portal, is available today and features a Web-based unified management console that includes the BMC Impact Portal. By consolidating reporting and notification, BMC Performance Manager Portal enables customers to more readily identify and fix issues, according to BMC.
AOL Fires Up Netscape 8.0
In the increasingly competitive browser fray, AOL earlier this month released Netscape 8.0. This incarnation is based on Firefox and switches between Firefox and IE rendering engines so it’s compatible with Web sites targeting either browser. Version 8.0 also includes tabbed browsing features, integrated RSS feeds, enhanced privacy settings, password managers, and customizable toolbars. The browser also integrates search from AOL, AskJeeves, and Google.