SOURCE: IBM

October 10, 2006 14:00 ET

New IBM Tivoli Software Prevents Security Patches From Slowing Down Business Transactions

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new software that will help organizations keep their businesses up and running when a sudden glut of security patches must be deployed. By using the software, organizations can prevent patches from clogging networks or bringing down software applications that can slow down the performance of business transactions such as online purchases or loan processing.

IBM's new Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software, available in the fourth quarter of 2006, automates the distribution of software patches using "automated bandwidth control," which prepares computers for spikes in network activity caused by a barrage of security patches. The software also sets guidelines for passwords and ensures that firewalls are running on PCs.

"Distributing security patches or fixes throughout large, global enterprises can be a drag on online business operations," said Alan Ganek, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Tivoli software. "A surge of patches can slow down or temporarily halt business transactions, which can cost a company time and revenue."

The software can also help companies make sure security policies are being enforced and that the latest patches and software requirements are automatically updated across an organization. IT administrators can use the software to choose and customize security and software compliance policies -- such as the number of digits used in different types of passwords, or specific software applications that should be installed by call center or human resources employees on their PCs.

It also helps companies make sure that mobile devices remain compliant with security requirements. By using the software, a manufacturer can automatically run periodic security scans of the devices being used by its sales force. For devices that are out of compliance or need a patch, the software can automatically deploy the fixes and bring them up to date. The software also helps manage the lifecycle of the devices -- from the time the operating system and applications are installed, through routine maintenance and the deletion of critical software when devices are removed from service.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software, which includes virtualization technology IBM acquired in 2006 from Rembo, demonstrates how IBM is combining its software capabilities to convert time-consuming, labor-intensive processes into automated, repeatable services that streamline business operations.

The software runs on a service oriented architecture, or SOA, which is a way of reusing a company's existing technology to more closely align with business goals, which results in greater efficiencies, cost savings and productivity. This helps customers comply with governance models across laptops, desktops and wireless devices.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Software is part of IBM's service management offerings, which automate some of the most challenging tasks and processes associated with managing complex IT environments. These include managing storage devices, addressing IT failures and deploying new software releases and patches. The software helps customers fight rising IT operations costs, respond faster to constant change and meet the demand to stay competitive in the marketplace. The software is integrated with the IBM Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database, which allows the technologies to share information about the resources configuration and their interdependence across the enterprise.

About IBM For more information about IBM Tivoli, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli.

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