Microsoft Delivers New Cloud Tools and Solutions at the Worldwide Partner Conference

Cloud computing is as big a transformation, and opportunity, as the technology industry has ever seen. Partners and customers can look to Microsoft for the most comprehensive cloud strategy and offerings, in order to improve their business agility, focus and economics. Today, at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced tools and solutions to help partners…

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Announcing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010!

We are extremely excited to announce that Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP) has released to manufacturing!  Customers can access the RTM release on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting Jan. 1, 2011 — or try the evaluation version immediately.    This is our first – and very significant – step in making the…

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One step closer to convergence: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Release Candidate now available

Today in Berlin at TechEd Europe Microsoft vice president Brad Anderson announced that the Release Candidate of Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 is now available for download and we are on track to release to manufacturing by the end of 2010! Built on System Center Configuration Manager R2 and R3, FEP gives customers the ability…

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Microsoft acquires AVIcode Inc. to extend application management to the cloud

Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of AVICode, Inc., a market leader in application performance monitoring and diagnostics of .NET applications and services. AVIcode will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft and the technology acquired will be rolled into the System Center family of products over time. As more customers move to cloud-based services, they face…

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Forefront Virtual Event and Deployment Webcasts

There are some great opportunities coming up this month to learn about Forefront solutions. TechNet Simulcast: Forefront Virtual Event https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032454002&Culture=en-US   Register for the Forefront Virtual event on June 23rd and 24th to hear from the product team, ask questions and see great technical demos on FEP, FIM, TMG, UAG, FPSP, FPE, FOPE, and ADRMS +…

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"Twitterview" with Dark Reading tomorrow, May 6, 2:30 pm EST

Tomorrow at 2:30 pm Eastern time, tune in via Twitter to see Kelly Higgins of Dark Reading interview  JG Chirapuarth, senior director of the Microsoft Identity and Security Business Group.  You can follow the discussion at either the Dark Reading or Forefront Twitter Account.

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Converging Endpoint Security and Management: “It just makes sense”

In October we announced the strategic decision to build Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) on System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft’s market-leading change and configuration management product.  Part of our Business Ready Security strategy, this approach better aligns with our customers’ desktop management and security solutions, helping them simplify deployment and reduce costs.  Chris Christiansen of analyst…

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CionSystems AD backup & recovery

Active Directory is a critical technology for thousands and thousands of organizations, holding literally billions of identities around the world.  Solutions to ensure AD is backed up and  – should there be a breakdown – recoverable are essential to any business continuity strategy.  To that end, CionSystems Inc. has announced the release of CionSystems Active…

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Oxford Computer Group and BHOLD team up with FIM

The Microsoft partner ecosystem continues to rally around Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) and Microsoft identity and access management solutions.   For example, Microsoft gold partner Oxford Computer Group and BHOLD Company, which provides software solutions for authorization management and control, announced their partnership to deliver enterprise identity and access governance solutions with FIM.   From their press…

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Passlogix builds on FIM for single sign on

More FIM partner news.  At the RSA conference this week Passlogix announced the integration of its v-GO® Single Sign-On ™ and related components of its v-GO Access Accelerator Suite with the new Forefront Identity Manager 2010.  From the press release: The integration will enable organizations that deploy both FIM and v-GO SSO to automate provisioning and deprovisioning of [single…

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