Common Management ConsoleBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-04-08 Email Print
Modernizing Authentication — What It Takes to Transform Secure Access
With the launch of "Stirling," Microsoft is looking to put the silver lining on the security cloud.
The idea here is to offer the most protection in the simplest form possible. The Forefront product line will later include Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint and Forefront threat management gateway, formally known as ISA (Internet Security and Acceleration) Server.
All of the products will share a common management console and will effectively integrate and communicate with each other. That allows users to pick and choose which security technologies to integrate, without experiencing the penalty of escalating management chores.
Forefront is truly an indication that Microsoft is taking security seriously and is looking to build integrated products that the channel can sell into enterprise accounts.
The question remains though: Will Forefront be effective enough to unseat security leaders such as Symantec, MacAfee, Sonicwall and others from their domination of the market? Either way, Forefront will be sure to create more opportunities for channel partners looking to sell security products.