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Microsoft drops enterprise end point security suite

Plus, iPhone in the enterprise and Seagate and Western Digital shipment results

April 23, 2010
Apple Gets Serious About iPhone In The Enterprise, OS 4 Focuses on Enterprise Mobility
Network World
Irwin Lazar writes about the Apple iPhone in the enterprise market.

“The recently announced iPhone operating system OS 4 due from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) this summer zeros in on the enterprise market by including improvements in security, scalability and compatibility. The new Mobile Device Management service integrates with third party servers to wirelessly configure, query, and wipe or lock managed iPhones (features available in most enterprise platforms). OS 4 also enables enterprises to securely host and wirelessly distribute in-house developed apps to employees. Finally, it allows IT managers to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts, is compatible with Exchange Server 2010 and includes support for forthcoming SSL VPN applications from Juniper Networks and Cisco.”

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Microsoft drops enterprise end point security suite
The Register
John Leyden writes that Microsoft has just announced it will not release Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 as a standalone product.

“ The Forefront team explained that Redmond had made the decision in order to align ‘security management with systems and application management.’ ‘As part of this strategy, Forefront Protection Manager (FPM) will not be released to market. Instead, multi-server management for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP) will be delivered through a streamlined solution for messaging and collaboration workloads, both on-premises and in the cloud.’ Redmond promised to offer extra management functionality to customers of these enterprise server security products at no extra charge during the second half of this year.”

Seagate neck and neck with WD in Q3
Channel Register
Chris Mellor compares Seagate’s last quarter product shipment results, to that of Western Digital’s.

“Last quarter Seagate shipped 49.9 million drives and WD 49.5 million, a difference of just 0.8 per cent, and WD has been catching up with Seagate’s production numbers over the past few years. In general WD’s mobile, desktop and consumer market shipments have collectively been growing more strongly than Seagate’s equivalent sector shipments.”