This is one of the first internet Press Release’s from Mcafee.com. The image is “main-logo”. This demonstrates the artwork circa 1995.
McAfee Unveils Enterprise Systems Management Strategy Following Completion of Saber Software Acquisition
New Offerings to Create Scaleable Family of Integrated Enterprise-Enabled Systems Management Products for NetWare and NT Networks
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (September 11, 1995) — Following the completion of its Saber Software acquisition, McAfee (NASDAQ:MCAF) today unveiled its enterprise systems management strategy for the combined product lines of McAfee and Saber. The ambitious product roadmap, which calls for a dozen major new product introductions over the next three quarters, will culminate in a tightly integrated family of enterprise-enabled systems management tools for PC LANs. According to IDC, McAfee currently holds a 41% market share for Integrated PC Network Management suites.
“We’ve committed to our customers to be a market leader in client/server network management software,” said Bill Larson, president, CEO, and chairman of McAfee. “Our acquisition of Saber is consistent with that ongoing strategy. The combination of our companies and product lines will create a best-of-breed family of highly integrated point products and suites, all backed by the industry’s most responsive team of technical support professionals.”
McAfee to Deliver Tight Cross-Product Integration
At the core of McAfee’s product strategy is a broad collection of best-of-breed management utilities for PC LANs that combine to create tightly integrated suites and mini-suites. To facilitate integration among the McAfee and Saber solutions, all products will share common data formats, alerting, NLMs, reporting and scripting. The entire product family will be united under a common Windows 95 OLE management console and share a common SQL database repository.
A common scripting language combined with full OLE support will provide a level of integration not offered by any other network management suite vendor. This integration will allow individual point products to launch each other. SiteInventory, for example, could automatically discover the installation of a new PC on the network and trigger SiteExpress to automatically install the PC’s applications. To further facilitate integration, McAfee will provide migration utilities designed to merge the management information databases of McAfee and Saber products.
Complete Enterprise Support Across Products
McAfee’s entire product family will become enterprise enabled, allowing the products to scale from the departmental LAN to the enterprise WAN. Each product will provide SNMP MIB alerting, protocol support for TCP/IP, and support for Windows NT (server and client) and Windows 95. The products will support NOS-specific services such as user and group management under NetWare 4.1’s NDS and complete Policy management under Windows NT Server.
Family Composed of Modular, Interoperable Building Blocks
McAfee’s product family is architected around standalone point products and integrated suites, each capable of scaling to the enterprise either individually or as components of higher-level integrated suites. Each point product and suite serves as a modular interoperable building block for McAfee’s total enterprise systems management strategy.
The point products feed into two primary mini-suites. The BrightWorks asset management mini-suite will combine SiteMeter (metering), SiteExpress (software distribution), SiteInventory (inventory management), and Site Support Center (help desk). McAfee’s NetTools and NetRemote will join Saber’s SaberMenus to create McAfee’s new SaberTools desktop configuration management mini-suite.
BrightWorks and SaberTools will combine with a new network storage management module to create the Saber LAN Workstation (SLW) LAN systems management suite. Above SLW will sit McAfee’s enterprise systems management suite, code-named MSM, which will also include server management and anti-virus capabilities.
Modular Systems Management Products Provide Flexible Upgrade Path
Under McAfee’s modular product strategy, customers have the option to purchase suites or point products. Unlike other vendors who only sell suites, McAfee provides customers the flexibility to deploy the individual systems management tools they need today. Customers can begin with one or two point products and later grow to suites as their requirements evolve. At each stage of the upgrade path, McAfee provides generous credit toward the purchase of higher level integrated suites.
McAfee’s best-of-breed suites are further differentiated by their breadth of components. McAfee’s BrightWorks, for example, is the only asset management suite to integrate a help desk. The Company’s Saber LAN Workstation is the only LAN Systems Management suite to provide remote control and backup. McAfee’s MSM is the only enterprise systems management suite to integrate anti-virus and server monitoring capabilities.
Saber LAN Workstation to Ship in October
The first deliverable in this strategy will be Saber LAN Workstation 5.5, which will ship in October. SLW 5.5 will combine the award-winning asset management capabilities of McAfee’s current SiteMeter 5.1 and SiteExpress 3.0 with the best-of-breed configuration management features of Saber’s current SLW 5.0. McAfee will follow SLW 5.5 with SLW 6.0 in the first quarter of 1996, which will add a Windows 95 OLE management console, a new 32-bit desktop configuration manager, and new enterprise inventory management.
Founded in 1989, McAfee is a leading vendor of Network Security and Network Management products for the PC network management market. The Company is also a leader in Internet and Web-based electronic software distribution. McAfee is headquartered in Santa Clara and can be reached by phone at (408) 988-3832 or by fax at (408) 970-9727. McAfee’s Web address is http://www.mcafee.com.
McAfee Enterprise Systems Management Strategy Highlights
Provides comprehensive family of integrated systems management solutions consisting of point-products, LAN suites and an enterprise systems management console, each individually scaleable from the local LAN to the enterprise WAN.
All products will be architected around a common layer which provides a uniform Windows 95 interface; OLE-enabled data exchange; support for multiple protocols including TCP/IP & IPX, SQL database formats; SNMP alerting; and common NLMs, user and group management, policy management, reporting, scripting and agents.
Strategy leverages McAfee’s strength in asset management and Saber’s strength in configuration management to create best-of breed systems management suite composed of BrightWorks for asset management and the desktop configuration management capabilities of NetTools and Saber LAN Workstation.
Product line fully enterprise-enabled with support for TCP/IP, SNMP and SQL.
McAfee will unify its point products under a new Win95 OLE console to create a common interface across all products.
Combined lines will provide broad support for Windows 95, Windows NT (client and server), and NetWare 4.1.<br>