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Microsoft Unwraps Security Platform

Posted by Xavier Ashe on June 6, 2007

Now that Microsoft's revealed its plans for a next-generation integrated security management platform, the heat is on. (See Microsoft Adds Next-Gen Forefront Roadmap.)

By developing a single, unified management platform — code-named
“Stirling” — for security from the server to the endpoint and the
edge, Microsoft has made what may be its most aggressive security play
yet, security experts say of the software giant's announcement at its
TechEd 2007 conference yesterday.

Stirling initially will work only with Microsoft's Forefront
products, but it eventually will expand to include the integration and
interoperability with third-party security vendors' products, says Paul
Bryan, a director of security and access product management for
Microsoft.

By unifying its security tools with Stirling, Microsoft is
“channeling” IBM, says Enderle Group's Rob Enderle. “IBM traditionally
owned security for their offerings and they could integrate that
security solution into the other solutions they had to ensure SLAs were
maintained and disruption was minimized,” he says. “Microsoft is now
showcasing a similar strength, by approaching the problems
comprehensively and pushing for their integration into Microsoft's
overall ecosystem.”

The question is whether enterprises will follow the IBM old adage
with “no one ever got fired for buying” Microsoft. “The 'play it safe'
from an employment perspective buyer will now bounce between Microsoft,
CA, Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro,” says Randy Abrams, director of
technical education for Eset, and the former operations manager for
Microsoft's Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety. “All of
these players have enterprise management tools and enough name
recognition to qualify for safe purchasing under the 'buy IBM'
mandate.”

Read more on Dark Reading.

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