McAfee defends SuSE on Big Iron

Network Associates this week will announce that its McAfee virus scanning software will be available for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server running on IBM's S/390 mainframes, or zSeries servers.

Linux mainframe administrators who are running SuSE on their servers will now have tools such as McAfee GroupShield software for e-mail server scanning, as well as McAfee E-Business Server, which can provide 128-bit encryption of data on a Linux mainframe image. GroupShield installed on a SuSE server running Lotus Domino GroupWare server can provide services such as content filtering and attachment scanning, virus name and source logging and alerting software which can provide warnings to applications such as Intel's LANDesk manager and Hewlett-Packard Open View.

McAfee E-Business Server can be used on a SuSE Linux zSeries server to protect files from unauthorized internal or external access, and uses public-key infrastructure standards for file access authorization, as well as management software for key generation, distribution and revocation. The software can encrypt files up to 4G bytes in size, and can compress encrypted data to up to 50% of a file's original size. The software can also share encrypted data on Windows, and Unix servers from Sun, IBM and HP that are running E-Business Server.

SuSE is the only IBM mainframe Linux distribution supported by Network Associates' McAfee security software, although E-Business Server and GroupShield are available on Intel-based Linux distributions.

Correction: Last weeks newsletter "IBM sets up Linux playground for Wall Street techies" incorrectly listed the IBM servers that are available at the company's Linux Center of Competence. The correct servers are the IBM eServer xSeries (Intel-based) and zSeries (mainframe) products. The iSeries is not included in the Linux Center of Competence.

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