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BELLEVUE, Wash. - April 30, 2009 - Likewise, the leader in delivering authentication, policy, and audit solutions for mixed networks, announced today it has closed a $10 million Series C round of funding.  Current investors Ignition Partners, Trinity Ventures and Intel Capital led the round. "Likewise really stands out in the current economic climate in terms of growth, balance sheet, and team," said John Connors, of Ignition Partners and the former CFO of Microsoft. "They are on a tear with a disruptive business model, strong partnerships, and a clear road to profitability." The funding will be used to support growth in new markets, as well as additional development resources for product line expansion. Likewise provides identity management solutions designed to improve security and operational efficiencies by integrating Linux, Unix and Mac systems with Microsoft Ac... (more)

Likewise Rock ‘n’ Roll

100% Growth (2009 vs. 2008) On the back of a strong 2008, we’re on track to deliver over 100% sales growth in 2009 which clearly is the exception to the norm.  Our performance allows us not only to drive a strong balance sheet but also to continue to grow headcount including our customer-facing technical resources.  I attribute our success to a variety of factors including our strong products as well as our open source business model.  Likewise Open delivers a high value, free offering for customers that require a scalable authentication solution.  Most of our Likewise Enterprise customers start with Likewise Open and over time expand the scope of their authentication project requirements to include policy, audit, and reporting.  A common theme that I hear from our customers is that they like doing business with us and they like our technical teams. Record Q1 Q1 wa... (more)

Host that Sorry Page on your BIG-IP!

It's not an uncommon problem trying to figure out where to plant that sorry page in the event your farm is down.  It's also not an uncommon solution to just use your BIG-IP to issue a text-only HTTP::respond.  It works, but it's not, how do you say, visually appealing?  You want to say sorry and mean it.  With pictures.  If you take a stroll through the iRules codeshare, you'll notice several solutions to this problem.  All of them work, with a variety of methods, but user kirkbauer's entry takes it to another level.  Kirk's sorry page irule generator (written in perl) takes all the guess work out of the process for you.  Dump the perl script in /var/tmp, give execute permissions to root, and off you go.  Here's a sample configuration, just taking Google's main page: [[email protected]:Active] mibs # /var/tmp/sorrygen.pl Welcome to the F5 Sorry Page iRule Generator This s... (more)

Leading Integrator of Mixed Networks Sets Sights on Cross-Platform File Sharing

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 23, 2009 - Likewise announced today that it will offer open source software to share files among Linux, Mac, and Windows computers by using Server Message Block, the popular networking protocol for file and print services known as SMB and CIFS. Likewise-CIFS, available in beta today at www.likewiseopen.org and in Likewise Open 5.2 under GPLv2 licensing terms, will be the only commercially supported CIFS/SMB file server available to storage vendors and enterprises. Likewise will also license the software under commercial terms that allow an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), to embed the product in its network attached storage software or its network appliance. With more than 30,000 organizations now using its Likewise Open product, Likewise is the leading provider of open source cross-platform authentication software. The company improves sec... (more)

Verizon Business to Help Federal Agencies Manage Security Risk, Insider Threats

Federal agencies now have more tools from Verizon Business to manage network access, protect critical assets, help prevent insider security threats, and help the agencies comply with federal security regulations. Verizon Business announced that it is offering Symark PowerSeries security access-management software and applications, integrating those security capabilities for UNIX/Linux servers and systems into the company's already robust portfolio of security solutions for government customers. These new services -- immediately available under the U.S. General Services Administration's Connections contract -- will help federal agencies comply with access control and accountability requirements associated with new stricter Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) regulations. The addition of the Symark offering complements and extends Verizon Business' rob... (more)

Google Apps Get Into Enterprise Provisioning Systems

An important milestone just got passed by Google – one of the big enterprise identity management vendors out there – Quest Software (full disclosure: I am working for the company) – has added Google Apps as a directory to which they can provision identities and access. One might argue that this is a small thing considering that Quest is by far not the first vendor to enter Google’s ecosystem. Google Solutions Marketplace lists a few hundred solutions and services around Google Apps and Enterprise Search. However, Quest is the first among the big systems management (Quest, HP, CA, BMC, Symantec) and identity management (Quest, Oracle, Sun, Novell) vendors to get in there and this is a very important milestone for Google’s acceptance in the enterprise. Technically, what Quest did was adding a Google Apps “connector” into their identity management and provisioning pla... (more)

Q&A: Windows Server High Availability

Thanks again to those who joined us for last week’s webinar, "Windows Server 2008 High Availability: Technology Comparison." The on-demand recording of last week's webinar is now available to watch at your convenience (here). We had a lot of good questions from our attendees during the Q&A portion of the webinar, which are summarized below. Q: How do you determine when to use an HA solution vs. a DR solution? When it comes to availability vs. recovery, the most important question to ask is what are your recovery time objectives (RTO)? What is the amount of time your application can afford to be down? If the applications have strict requirements, then you want an availability solution. Disaster recovery is data replication often times with a failover capability, not availability. For critical applications, this may not be sufficient. Q: If I have an HA solution in pla... (more)

WinMagic Supports Intel Anti-Theft Technology

WinMagic, a provider of disk encryption, today announced an agreement with Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), to support Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT). Combining WinMagic’s SecureDoc full-disk encryption with Intel AT will provide organizations worldwide with fully-integrated data protection and laptop theft deterrence. WinMagic plans to deliver a comprehensive enterprise notebook security solution that combines SecureDoc full-disk encryption with Intel AT enabled notebooks. By collaborating with Intel on Anti-Theft, WinMagic will combine data protection with tamper-resistant asset protection and theft deterrence. WinMagic’s integrated security offering will leverage the robust hardware-based capabilities of Intel AT to enable stronger data protection. WinMagic’s SecureDoc will integrate with the local and remote theft detection mechanisms provided by Intel... (more)

Microsoft’s First Step Toward Cloud Computing

Azure Session at Cloud Expo Pundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008 R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story. Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory, security and so on – now they can. Microsoft has always called its SaaS plan Software + Services, emphasizing that it can enable rich Windows and application experience over the internet. The reality however has been that in most cases these have been limited to a few web-enabled (e.g. Outlook) or pure web (e.g. SharePoint) applicati... (more)

Quest OnDemand Goes Live

Systems Management as a Service (is there an acronym for this yet?) is finally becoming a reality. Today at Microsoft Professional Developer Conference we have announced beta launch of Quest OnDemand our online IT management services. This is one of the projects which have been consuming most of my time for the last year so I am extremely excited that we reached this roadmap. We demoed one of the services – our Active Directory backup and recovery (Quest Recovery Manager OnDemand for Active Directory) – on stage at PDC (will hopefully be able to post a link to the recording in a couple of days) today – and there are 2 more down the line: InTrust OnDemand (event log management) and Site Administrator Reports OnDemand for SharePoint (SharePoint reporting). We will not be able to let everyone sign up immediately. Instead, if you want to participate, you need to go to the Q... (more)

Symplified to Demo SinglePoint Cloud Security at Cloud Expo

Symplified Demo at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Symplified, the Cloud security company, announced a new user provisioning addition to its SinglePoint Cloud security platform that enables organizations to centralize the management of user accounts for multiple cloud applications from within their firewall or using the Salesforce.com platform. SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager integrates with enterprise user directories to automate the creation, provisioning, modification, and de-provisioning of accounts that enable employees to access Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and data. Symplified to exhibit at Cloud Expo 2010, which will take place April 19-21, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Cloud Expo, with over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 sponsors, will be the most significant technology event of the year. With Sin... (more)