Software Briefs: Lockstep, Antivirus, IMSI

Lockstep’s backup plan

Sydney-based niche player WhiteGold Solutions has been appointed as the premier Australian distributor of Backup for Workgroups by software developer Lockstep Systems. The new disk-based backup and disaster recovery software is designed for SMEs, can be installed on any networked Windows computer and uses hard drives for storage instead of tapes. The vendor claims this makes it a more reliable and less expensive solution. Backup data can also be mirrored to removable hard drives for off-site storage as part of a disaster recovery plan.

Antivirus market at peak

Acquisition or integration will see the leading anti-virus vendors offering comprehensive anti-spam software by the end of next year, according to Meta Group. The market analyst said the antivirus market was rapidly maturing to the point of saturation and suggested successful vendors would incorporate other forms of content management — such as anti-spam, Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and mobile code filtering — as well as integrated personal firewalls and intrusion detection to add value and reduce customer costs. “We expect the market for antivirus products to grow between 10 and 20 per cent per year,” senior Meta research analyst, Peter Firstbrook, said.

IMSI expands Mindscape

The Australian arm of software developer IMSI has appointed Mindscape to exclusively publish and distribute its range of visual content, design and graphics products in Australia and New Zealand. The agreement is an extension of an existing relationship that sees Mindscape distribute IMSI titles in French-speaking regions of Europe, Canada and Africa. “This new agreement allows us to broaden our product offerings, strengthen our market position and work more closely with the retail channel,” Mindscape’s managing director, Tony Hughes, said.