Network World's Windows Networking Strategies Newsletter, 03/08/06
Elemental Security compliance system wins a seal of approval
By Dave Kearns
In last week's "Best Products" issue of Network World, I chose Elemental Security's Elemental Compliance system as a "Category Breaker." That is, in the words of editor Beth Schultz, "...products [that] raise the bar with novel ways to solve today's enterprise challenges." Picking Elemental was easy since I used the dreaded phrase "new paradigm" when I first told you about the system last May.
We try to keep the choices of Category Breakers secret until the magazine is published so I avoided talking to the folks at Elemental Security while I prepared the write-up of their product. Which meant that, when I did finally agree to talk to them on the day the "Best Products" issue made the newsstands, what they wanted to talk about was a new release of the product (Version 2.0), now called Elemental Security Platform (ESP), which hit the shelves this week. If Version 1.1 was a Category Breaker, then Version 2 could be called the Category Definer.
Version 2 doesn't introduce any ground-breaking new features it simply expands on those already in the product - better scalability, broader platform coverage, finer grained role definitions, flexible scheduling, better integration with 3rd-party products and much more. Nothing spectacular, just bigger, better, stronger, faster! The high points:
* Scale: Supports up to 10,000 agents.
* New platforms: Solaris (server), AIX, HP-UX, Mac OSX (Agent).
* Managing Policies:
* Policy Content:
* Cisco NAC - Phase I integration complete.
Check what we said about
Elemental's Version 1.1 last May, then head over to
Elemental's Web site to read more about Version 2. Policy-based
computing is something you should have been practicing all along on your
Windows network. Elemental makes it easy to extend that paradigm to all the
platforms you manage.
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