Tivoli, IBM Security Products Unified

Tivoli Systems has re-branded IBM SecureWay and Tivoli security management offerings with the Tivoli SecureWay nameplate, but despite the apparent unification of the IBM Corp. and Tivoli product lines, a Tivoli official said the move reaffirms - rather than undermines - Tivoli's autonomous status.

Products will be the responsibility of the newly formed Tivoli Security Business Unit, which is dedicated to developing offerings for secure Internet commerce.

Part of the effort includes incorporating technologies obtained through IBM's recent acquisition of Dascom, a Web security company, into Tivoli.

Tivoli revealed its plans at the RSA Conference 2000 show in San Jose, last week.

Tivoli's Kate Brew, director of product marketing for the security business unit, said uniting the Tivoli and IBM SecureWay product lines does not represent any removal of independence for Tivoli, but rather affirms Tivoli's reputation in security.

"In my view, IBM executives are intelligently playing off the success of Tivoli in management and security management," Brew said.

Anne Thomas Manes, a senior analyst for distributed computing at the Patricia Seybold Group, in Boston, also considered the moves just a re-branding.

"Most of the rest of IBM doesn't know very much about what's going on at Tivoli," Manes said. In fact, IBM and Tivoli could make their product lines more interoperable, she added.

The products to carry the new name include those for secure networking, management of user attributes, distributed security, and public key infrastructure. Additionally, Tivoli SecureWay Policy Director, a technology acquired from Dascom, will offer granular access to electronic-business applications. IBM this spring plans to integrate Policy Director with the Tivoli management system, enabling Tivoli managers to add Policy Director users to the network via the Tivoli platform.

IBM's DB2 database platform will be the default directory for the security offerings, although the plan is to be directory-agnostic, according to IBM officials.

To this effect, links are being provided to directories from Lotus Development, Netscape, and Entrust Technologies, Tivoli officials said.

Negotiations are being held with Novell about linking the applications to Novell Directory Services, said James Curtin, vice president of strategy, business development, and operations at Tivoli.

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