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November 14, 2007

Microsoft unveils Forefront console, touts Stirling

Posted by David Hunter at 1:09 PM ET.

Microsoft yesterday revealed its new Web based security management console for Microsoft’s Forefront and and Antigen enterprise messaging security software:

Microsoft today unveiled the new Forefront Server Security Management Console, a centralized, Web-based management solution for onsite or remote administration of Microsoft messaging and collaboration security solutions.

It’s a Web-based tool that helps businesses centrally manage, configure, report on and update multiple deployments of Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, as well as Microsoft Antigen products.

The above is from a Q&A with Margaret Arakawa, senior director of Security & Access Product Marketing at Microsoft, who offers more about Microsoft’s Forefront products by following the link including a mention of the upcoming “Stirling,” a unified security offering announced in June:

With that release we’re taking an industry-leading approach to the concept of integrated and centralized management, enabling customers to take advantage of information gathered at any point in the network to better protect the environment as a whole. Client, server and network edge protection are connected together with a central management console that not only gets information from all three areas but can control the technologies at those endpoints. “Stirling” brings together clients, servers and the edge into a cohesive whole.

The benefit to customers is not just centralized visibility and control, but also information from the client environment that can be used to guide policy for server applications, for example. This will provide a better way for IT managers to centrally set policy, configure, deploy and manage security within their IT environment, making management of an organization’s IT infrastructure much easier and more cost-effective.

“Stirling” will include the next-generation versions of Forefront Client Security, Server Security and Edge Security and Access solutions. Customers can invest in our Forefront solutions today and be assured of an easy upgrade path to “Stirling” from current products and licenses.

There is supposed to be a limited beta of Stirling by the end of 2007 and the final product is due in late 2008 or early 2009.

Filed under Antigen, Beta and CTP, Forefront, Microsoft, Servers

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