5 Stars for Security and Operations Converging at the Endpoint (but don’t take our word for it)
Bryan Casey 270003BSJV BFCASEY@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  convergence systems management manager tem endpoint ibm security tivoli
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Recently on the Integrated Service Management blog we’ve been talking a lot about endpoint management. It’s an exciting space and one that we’re invested heavily in. Instead of getting into a lot of depth, I’m going to attempt to summarize what we’ve been talking about in just a sentence or two. I’ve got the time, so I’ll write a short blog instead of a long one.
Basically what we’re talking about boils down being able to identify all of the endpoints in your infrastructure, and then not only being able to centrally define and deploy security policies across those endpoints, but also be able to manage the lifecycle, patch process and power management of that endpoint. The key here is convergence.
This is an example I typically use when talking about why convergence is so important, because it is one of the most common challenges associated with power and patch management. How do you deploy patches to endpoints that aren’t turned on? Security concerns are directly intersecting with operations management. The benefit of Tivoli Endpoint manager is that by managing everything centrally, under one dashboard, you can manage both security and operations, and in the case I mentioned above, wake the computer up, apply the patch and then put the computer back to sleep/turn it off completely. All of this is automated.
Of course this is not the only example of why convergence is important, but I did promise not to take up too much of your time. In any case, this is the value that SC Magazine could not ignore and yesterday they gave Tivoli Endpoint Manager a rating of 5 stars out of 5. A perfect score. I don’t want to put words in their mouth, so instead I’ll just direct you to the story, which you can find here.
For any of you that would like to learn more I’ll additionally point you in the direction of some of things that we’ve recently written about this product.
Here you can find a blog that Sandy Hawke, Manager IBM Security Solutions, wrote about a recent webcast she did (you can also find the link to the webcast there).
Here is the very recent announcement of Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Core Protection, an addition to the TEM family that leverages cloud technology to provide the most updated security to all of your endpoints.
Lastly, here is something we wrote about how academic institutions are using TEM’s power management solutions to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs.
For more information on Tivoli Endpoint Manager, please visit http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/solutions/endpoint/