Feeds

Symantec defends HP's Itanium servers

Not from ridicule. From intruders

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

Symantec this week proved that it's willing to make sure low volume products are just as secure as big sellers by delivering an intrusion protection package for HP's line of Itanium processor-based servers running the HP-UX operating system.

The EPIC architecture developed by HP and Intel for Itanium contains a number of unique security hooks for compartmentalizing data not found with RISC and x86 chips. Symantec claims to have made use of these security features with Intruder Alert 3.6 for HP-UX 11i Version 2 but doesn't really elaborate on exactly what it has done in any publicly available information. That said, users should expect to see the standard Intruder Alert functions such as system monitoring, automatic responses to breaches, and server audits.

Crafting a product specifically for Itanium is a brave proposition for Symantec given the slow sales of the chip. HP, however, delivers the vast majority of Itanium server shipments and has seen a strong improvement in its Integrity server sales over the past year. If you're going to zero in on Itanium, then HP and HP-UX are the way to go.

Start-up Secure64 has pledged to do even more with Itanium's security features to help vendors such as HP create lines of speedy, safe server appliances.

There's more information on Symantec's Intruder Alert software here. ®

Related stories

HP and Apple end iPod affair
Intel pitches Pentium M-based 'Sossaman' server chip
AMD's Opteron decimates Xeon market
Intel overcomes 'weak' line-up during Q2
Intel and Dell thrilled to join the dual-core server chip era
SGI shares plummet as deal closing malady lingers

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'
But it'll have no impact and will be seamless, we're told
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.