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May 3 2007   9:47AM GMT

Microsoft launches client-security, appliance-management apps

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Microsoft unveiled two new security and IT management products at a customer event today in Los Angeles.

Senior vice president Bob Muglia introduced Forefront Client Security, software designed to protect desktops, laptops and servers from external threats, and System Center Essentials 2007, a unified management console that lets administrators monitor and manage appliances on their networks. The two products can work together, allowing IT managers to more effectively manage their security, Muglia said.

Forefront Client Security licenses will cost $12.72 per user per year, and the management console’s price is $2,468. System Center Essentials starts at $2,000 for 50 clients and 10 servers with add-ons for up to 500 clients and 30 servers available for an extra cost.

Microsoft is streaming Muglia’s announcement on its Web site.

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