Last week, we made a couple of key announcements intended to help our friends with smaller businesses to secure, protect, and "redundify" their IT perimeters.
One was the IBM Express Managed Security Services for Firewall and VPN...I know, the name is a mouthful, but this "plug and play" appliance can help SMB customers manage their security without having to add an additional piece of hardware to their environment (that's included as part of our service).
It includes a firewall, as well as the capability to connect multiple locations and provide remote access using a VPN technology. The best part is, no IT skills are required on your part...IBM does all the heavy lifting.
On the data redundancy front, our Tivoli team (I'm a former "Tivolian", a badge I wear proudly) has established a distribution agreement for its Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software with Digital River, which will be selling the product through its oneNetwork online marketplace (which in turn sells through reseller sites such as Circuit City, CompUSA, OfficeMax, and Staples).
I believe I've actually written about this product in a former posting many, many moons ago, but as a refresher, the Tivoli Continuous Data Protection product is differentiated from the rest of the pack in that it saves users' information continuously in real time, rather than in periodic snapshots (Forget to hit the "Save" button? No worries!"), and once saved, is automagically sent to a remote location (DASD, USB drive, etc.)