Gibraltar patches Solaris servers

Gibraltar Software Inc. introduced an appliance Friday that remotely patches Solaris servers.

Everguard already supports patch deployment on Windows and Linux servers; version 2.2 of the appliance adds support for remotely rebooting Solaris and other servers after failures occur.

The Everguard appliance called the Site Server is a 1U server that attaches to Ethernet. It then talks over the Internet to a Master Data Server located at a Gibraltar location that monitors operating system and security patches from companies such as Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. or Red Hat Inc. Gibraltar collects patches and then sends them to the customer’s Site Server, where the patches can then be distributed to individual servers in the network.

Gibraltar claims that over 4,000 patches were reported last year. Because of this abundance of patches, deploying them becomes a time-consuming and bothersome process.

Everguard lets administrators discover and track patches using a single toolkit. It has a new risk-rating function that identifies those servers that need patching most and generates an inoculation record that shows a history of patch activity for any server.

In addition, version 2.2 comes with Everguard Security Metric, which lets users rank servers by risk exposure so they can be patched.

The company says it will support HP-UX and AIX operating systems in the future.

Everguard starts at US$1,550 for 50 servers or workstations.

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