NAI ups McAfee offer
Security software developer Network Associates (NAI) has made a revised offer to McAfee.com for the 25 per cent of the company it doesn't already own, after having its last bid to take over the company rejected last month. NAI increased the value of its offer for each outstanding share of McAfee.com common stock to $US15.43. The new deal now offers 0.675 of a share of NAI common stock plus $8 in cash for each outstanding share of McAfee.com common stock. NAI had previously offered to exchange 0.90 of an NAI share for each outstanding share of McAfee.com. That offer was soundly rejected when only 4 per cent of eligible McAfee.com's shares were tendered into the offer by the July 31 deadline.
EMC fattens midrange
EMC will introduce a storage server that sits between its current midrange and high-end product lines, according to company documents obtained by IDG. The Clariion CX600 will be EMC's largest midrange system yet. The storage giant boasts that the new system will have three times the processing power and bandwidth of its current FC4700 Clariion product, according to the documents, which EMC confirmed were authentic. The new Clariion product will also come with some of the high-end software found on EMC's Symmetrix line.
ISS rebrands protector
Internet Security Systems has begun shipping RealSecure Desktop Protector, adding policy-enforcement control features to the version of the BlackICE intrusion-detection and firewall client software it gained when it acquired security software vendor Network ICE a little over a year ago. While ISS is keeping the name BlackICE for a separate consumer desktop product it still sells, the rebranded RealSecure Desktop Protector 3.5 is aimed at the enterprise because security managers can remotely control the software on the user's desktop and automate security-incident collection via the NT-based IceCap Manager console.