CA unveils virtual suite; PacketMotion upgrades compliance product

* CA's 'virtual portfolio' offers comprehensive management capabilities by providing a better way to provision, control, assure, secure and optimize virtual environments

Today's issue, like the previous one, is devoted to catching up on recent announcements. First up is CA (formerly Computer Associates) with an announcement about five products in what CA calls its "Virtual portfolio".

Today's issue, like the previous one, is devoted to catching up on recent announcements. 

First up is CA (formerly Computer Associates) with an announcement about five products in what CA calls its "virtual portfolio". CA believes these virtual products offer comprehensive management capabilities by providing a better way to provision, control, assure, secure and optimize virtual environments. The five products are: CA Virtual Assurance, CA Virtual Automation, CA Virtual Configuration, CA Virtual Assurance for Infrastructure Managers, and the latest addition to the portfolio, CA Virtual Privilege Manager. The company also introduced the CA Virtual Foundation Suite, which combines select virtualization management products at a discounted price. The newest module, CA Virtual Privilege Manager, is designed to control privileged access to virtual environments by securing console access to the hypervisor and managing privileged access to all of the virtual images running on the virtualization server as well as the service console. Key capabilities include privileged user password management for the virtual machines and service console, fine-grained administrative access controls to the hypervisor service console, service console hardening, and original user activity monitoring in virtual environments. If you're contemplating virtualization you should check it out.

My Sunnyvale, Calif., neighbor, PacketMotion (just 10 minutes from my office) concentrates in one specific area -- user activity management. It recently announced the latest version of its flagship product, PacketSentry 4.0. This is a product that allows IT security and compliance teams to monitor and record all user and privileged user activities across operating systems, databases and applications, enforce access policies, and segment PCI information assets from unauthorized users without internal firewalls. New or enhanced features in 4.0 include:

* Extended SourceSync capabilities for Microsoft Windows SQL Servers and Unix/Generic SYSLOG devices (SourceSync provides customers with the ability to monitor and report on encrypted privileged administrator activities without having to deploy agents, or in-line appliances).

* Sybase support -- Provides Sybase database users with improved security and compliance through comprehensive, detailed user activity management capabilities and reports.

* Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) compliance -- preconfigured GLBA reports enable financial services industry customers to quickly and easily prove compliance.

* Sarbanes-Oxley compliance -- Preconfigured SOX reports enable public corporations to quickly and easily prove compliance with this stringent and complex regulation.

If you need help in these areas, PacketMotion can help.

There's more (it seems there always is these days), but that's all the room we have today. We'll get back to the announcements next week.

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