Systems management vendors supporting Windows XP

Tivoli Systems and McAfee hopped on the bandwagon with support for Windows XP on Thursday.

Among the Tivoli products that will interoperate with Microsoft's new OS are Tivoli's Enterprise Console and Distributed Monitoring tools, which help network operators view network activity and ensure performance and availability; Software Distribution and Tivoli Inventory, for centralized network control and class management; the Storage Manager SAN backup and recovery tool; and SecureWay Security Manager and User Administration solutions for access control policy.

Later this year, Tivoli also plans to release Windows XP support for its Workload Scheduler production automation tool and Remote Control solution for managing multiple nodes, Wojtowecz said.

McAfee.com unveiled a Web services-style anti-virus service for the new operating system. McAfee's VirusScan has been available as a Web-based service for two years, according to Doug Cavit, chief information officer (CIO) of Sunnyvale, California-based McAfee.

This new version is optimized for Windows XP and compatible with Passport and .NET Alerts, so when users log onto Passport, they are automatically logging into McAfee's service.

McAfee.com also announced the McAfee Security Center for MSN Messenger, a tab in the instant messaging application that will provide users with real-time security information.

The Security Center will include McAfee.com virus alerts, information from the company's databases of virus information, a worldwide map of virus activity, information about McAfee's products, links to McAfee services, and more, the company said in a statement. McAfee.com hopes to make end-users more aware of viruses and other security threats as well as the methods to combat them, company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Srivats Sampath said in an interview.

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