Loudcloud Automates Patch Management
The managed service provider enhanced its Opsware automation platform with automated security patch management, auditing and monitoring.With security at the forefront of most IT worries, managed services provider Loudcloud Inc. has announced a series of automated security functions it has added to its enhanced Managed Services 3.0 offering. The Sunnyvale, Calif., service provider enhanced its Opsware automation platform with automated security patch management, auditing and monitoring. The automated security features are an integral part of Loudclouds Application and Infrastructure Services, Deployment and Launch Services, and Host-based Intrusion Detection Services. With the constant uncovering of new security vulnerabilities, the proliferation of vendor security patches and the continued barrage of new worms and viruses, "patch management is a problem screaming for automation," said Frank Chen, director of products and services at Loudcloud in Sunnyvale. "You dont want to do it by hand, one box at a time."
The patch management system, created by Loudcloud security engineers, automatically identifies patch levels across both locally attached and remote servers, and it deploys new patches that are first tested and deemed appropriate by Loudcloud security personnel.