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IBM's security bundle, blade servers for carriers

IBM is looking to increase its business with telecommunications operators with the unveiling of products, including a security bundle and a blade server, specially tailored to their needs.

The vendor made the announcements in conjunction with two conferences taking place this week -- Telecom World 2006, in Hong Kong, and TeleManagement Forum, taking place in Dallas.

As telecom operators provide more and more sophisticated services such as VoIP and on-line gaming, they're moving away from in-house developed technology and looking to third-party vendors to supply them with wide-ranging management capabilities.

IBM is hoping its new offerings will appeal to established carriers and new entrants to the market, according to Scott Sobers, program director of the company's service provider industry.

IBM's Telecom Core Infrastructure Security Solution is a tightly integrated bundle of IBM and third-party software running on IBM's BladeCenter blade servers. The bundle allows telecom operators to monitor their networks and the traffic flowing over them to pick up early on anomalies that could signify security attacks.

The bundle will give carriers a "top-down, single pane of glass" view into the health of their network operations, Sobers says. Previously, carriers looking to obtain such insight into their networks would've had to integrate the different software products themselves.

The Telecom Core Infrastructure Security Solution brings together IBM's Tivoli Security Operations Manager and Tivoli Netcool with Narus' Narusinsight Secure Suite.

IBM has also made improvements to its Netcool/Precision and Netcool/Proviso performance management and availability management software, adding support for multiprotocol label switching networks, Sobers says.

IBM didn't provide any pricing details for its new offerings.