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HP acquires mobile management developer Bitfone

Bitfone, a developer of mobile device management software, has announced that it has been acquired by HP’s handheld group. Bitfone’s software allows IT staff to track mobile devices in real-time–be they Treos, BlackBerrys or BlackJacks–and even allows for over-the-air firmware updates, eliminating the need to corral your sales team. The deal, the details of which were not announced, will be closed in February.

For more on the buyout:
– see this CNET article

IBM to ship new Tivoli provisioning software

Later this month, IBM will ship Tivoli Provisioning Manager 5.1. New features in this version focus on automation techniques and deployment tools. There is also a new feature for controlling network bandwidth, rather than forcing administrators to monitor their resources manually. Also new is a grid-like peering feature and imaging technology, the latter acquired from Rembo Technology. Pricing for the new version wasn’t announced.

For more on management software:
– read this eWeek article

IBM to shell out $740 million for MRO Software

IBM is entering the IT asset management market with a $740 million acquisition of MRO Software. MRO is better known for its industrial equipment management software, but even that’s becoming more IT-dependent these days, and meanwhile the IT asset software is a good fit for IBM’s Tivoli series. IBM and MRO have been partners for a decade and IBM plans to retain MRO’s employees, so the transition for customers should be smooth.

For more on MRO:
– see this CNet News.com article

HP’s Mercury buy only tip of the iceberg

Industry analysts, now having had time to digest HP’s recently announced $4.5 billion acquisition of Mercury Interactive, are saying there are more factors involved than immediately visible. Management software expert Rich Ptak explained it best: “HP traditionally is known as a hardware powerhouse and… there have been questions raised about how serious they were about being in the software business since software represented a very small portion of their annual revenue. This acquisition …

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HP buys Mercury Interactive for $4.5B

Hewlett-Packard, with the announcement of its $4.5 billion acquisition of Mercury Interactive, is creating a huge boost for the relatively quiet HP OpenView software suite. HP gets Mercury’s lines of application development and IT management software, while also strengthening its competitiveness against CA and IBM. The deal is HP’s first large one under CEO Mark Hurd. HP has not yet announced integration or employee retention plans, but there is little overlap, officials noted.

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Foundry launches new security switches

Foundry Networks, which specializes in advanced technologies, announced a variety of new security features in its ServerIron switches. The switches cover the full range of uses perimeters to high-end chassis and cost from $13,000 to about $40,000. Also new are online application features for the TrafficWorks management software and firewall, officials said.

For more on Foundry:
– check out this Network World

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VC: IT management software


The two-week VC total is $107.05 million.

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Symantec to exit appliance business

Symantec said it will phase out the appliances side of its IT security business. The product familes known as SGS and SNS were not doing well financially against hardware giants like Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and various specialists, so Symantec decided to focus exclusively on management software. Officials said 80 people were laid off because of this, although SGS/SNS customers will still recieve support for an unspecified timeframe.

For more on Symantec:
– check out this …

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SPOTLIGHT: Microsoft buys Softricity, debuts virtualization


Microsoft, as expected, said it’s purchased Softricity, which makes thin-client delivery and management software. Microsoft throughout this week will also announce details of how it will merge Softricity’s technology with its own Virtual Machine Manager, a.k.a. Carmine, due in beta this summer. Article

Foundry adds Snort security to LAN switch

Foundry Networks in July will add the popular open-source Snort security software into its network switches and management software. Snort will inspect all data to all ports on network layers 2-7 and will trigger customer-defined actions if it finds anything insecure, officials explained. Typically, Snort runs on separate servers, so for customers it’s a matter of convenience. Foundry’s software aspect will be IronView Network Manager 2.0 and will cost $10,000.

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