ServerWatch News Briefs for March 19, 2004

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This Week's Swatches

This week: Shavlik Technologies announced its HFNetChkPro product line will support Microsoft's Windows Update Services product when it comes out later this year; Gartner published a report predicting the enterprise spam-filtering industry will shrink by as much as 75 percent by year end; and GFI revealed plans to soup-up its Linux offerings and support.

Microsoft to Continue Relationship With Shavlik Technologies

Shavlik Technologies announced its Shavlik HFNetChkPro product line will continue supporting, as well as extend, the next generation of patch management tools from Microsoft.

Future Shavlik offerings will include Microsoft's free Windows Update Services (WUS) -- a product announced at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas earlier this week. WUS is a free software update solution for recent Microsoft products. It is designed to simplify the process of keeping networked computers current with the latest software updates and service packs.

Shavlik plans to add this support to its products when WUS becomes available later this year.

At that time, the vendor will also extend the capabilities of WUS and other Microsoft patch management tools through its other patch management product, Shavlik HFNetChkPro, as well as through enterprise solutions created by its partners, including, BindView, Marimba, Mobile Automation, and Symantec.

HFNetChkPro provides automated scanning and deployment of security patches.The latest version also offers granular control, enhanced management and reporting capabilities, and support for legacy operating systems for greater patch security.

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Gartner Forecasts Anti-Spam Playing Field to Shrink

Gartner published a report this week surmising the enterprise spam-filtering industry will experience a dramatic vendor consolidation by the first quarter of 2005. The technology and consulting firm estimates that out of the approximately 40 vendors currently in this space, fewer than 10 will be operating by the end of this year.

The research revealed that during the next nine months, most vendor's competitive positions will change significantly in this immature industry because of rapid changes in market dynamics. In part, Gartner analysts concluded, this is because many vendors have been unable to deliver the best-of-breed functionality needed to fight spam.

At this time, those that do are small, new companies with a limited track record. Established vendors in related markets, such as antivirus, Web filtering, or firewall, are investing in spam-filtering, but to date their products have not met enterprise requirements.

"While many enterprise spam-filtering vendors will be gone or will refocus their technologies elsewhere by the end of this year, enterprises can't afford to delay decisions until the market shakes out," Maurene Caplan Grey, research director at Gartner, advises. "Their problems with spam have become too enormous."

The results from this spam filtering evaluation are available in "Gartner Research Note Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Spam Filtering, 1Q04." Gartner analysts have identified the vendors best positioned to lead the enterprise spam-filtering industry. Vendors offering software, appliances, and managed services providing boundary (Internet-SMTP level) solutions were evaluated.

The document is available for download from Gartner's Web site.

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GFI Increases Linux Options

Among the vendors making announcements at this week's CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany was GFI. The multi-facted software developer unveiled plans to beef up its Linux options.

First on the agenda is a Linux version of GFI MailSecurity, followed by and GFI MailEssentials.

"Linux has matured as an operating system and is now a viable server and workstation platform for any organization," said CEO Nick Galea. "The fact that IBM, Novell and other major companies have committed to this platform means that the Linux market is poised for tremendous growth. We expect an increasing number of organizations to have mixed Linux/Windows environments, and they will therefore require their application vendors to support both Linux and Windows."

The first product to be released on Linux will be GFI MailSecurity. The anti-virus product will offer the same feature set on the Linux offering that is now available for Windows. A Linux version of GFI MailEssentials, GFI's server-based anti-spam product will follow.

The soon-to-be-released versions of GFI's two network security products, GFI LANguard S.E.L.M., an event monitoring tool, and GFI LANguard N.S.S., a network security scanner, will receive improved Linux support. When GFI LANguard N.S.S. v5 is released, it will feature extensive Linux security vulnerability checking. GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. v6, currently in development, will also be able to monitor Linux machines.

GFI's network monitoring application, GFI Network Server Monitor, currently includes Linux support via its RSH script execution. An increase in Linux support is planned that will include SSH support and additional in-built Linux checks and monitoring scripts.

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This article was originally published on Mar 20, 2004
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