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Autonomic Software Automates Patch Management

Autonomic Software is attacking patch management with automation and affordability.

The startup venture on Monday introduced its Autonomic Network & Security Administration (ANSA) system, a software-based controller agent solution that performs automated patch management and asset discovery from a single, Web-based interface, said Tony Gigliotti, president of Autonomic Software, Danville, Calif.

The company is looking to add reseller partners for ANSA, offering lead programs and other incentives. Gigliotti said he aims to take the company's revenue mix to a sales target of 5 percent direct, 95 percent indirect.

ANSA works by deploying a central controller onto a standard network server, the inoculation server. Small footprint ANSA software agents are then deployed onto network clients, be they servers, workstations, PCs or laptops. From there, patch management routines and updates can be scheduled from either the inoculation server or the agents themselves. Application and operating system use and location within a network can also be documented using ANSA, said Ryan Riley, the inventor of ANSA.

"Policies can be pushed to the agent, and the agents can be scheduled to pull policy," Riley said.

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