PRODUCTS l Industry innovators
Policy management: LanDesk (Avocent)
ll of us old-timers remem- However, in order for this to ronment – from desktop to data
A ber LanDesk from its days
as part of Intel. It always
was a solid suite of products.
work well, it is necessary to inte-
grate the network and security
management suites very tightly.
AT A GLANCE
Flagship product: LANDesk
Security Suite v8.8
center and from systems manage-
ment to security management.
This pervasive approach covers
Now that it is part of Avocent, its Seamless integration allows both Vendor: Avocent Corporation; all the bases and provides an
promise as a hybrid of network sides of the equation to contribute www.landesk.com approach that is, at the same time,
and security policy management is to the other. LanDesk recognized Cost: $29.50 per seat practical, effective and appropri-
being realized. The notion of man- this emerging trend a couple of Innovation: Merging network and ate for compliance reporting.
aging the desktop and evolving years back and saw that security is security policy management There still are challenges, of
that into security policy manage- only as good as the weakest pro- Greatest strength: Vision, ability course, for LanDesk to address. IT
ment makes a lot of sense. cess in the security policy. to integrate well with partners, in most organizations is stressed
First, you need to know what The answer? Build policy and a growing suite of turnkey to do more with less and requires
a good state looks like. Then you enforcement into all products. Use process templates tools with a speciﬁc focus and a
need to compare that to the exist- a policy-based enforcement back- quick, demonstrable ROI. Orga-
ing state. Finally, you need to bring end with automated approvals and nizations want to be able to buy
the system to the good state if it is audit trails. That plays into compli- as they go – start with the pieces
not already. How do you establish ance requirements. they need now and grow the sys-
the known good state? That’s “So,” I asked the LanDesk tem to meet emerging challenges.
where the policy comes in. Build- visionary, “what makes the They need to operate within a
ing a system that refers everything LanDesk policy manager different pre-deﬁned architecture and they
back to the policy is the right way from others on the market?” need to focus on policy, not tech-
to ensure that security parameters First, the company’s policy nology. Technology is little more
are being met. manager spans the entire envi- than the servan