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LogLogic's Compliance Appliance

Red tape can be healthy for the startup world.

Startup LogLogic Inc. today rolled out plans to sell a series of appliances that help IT managers monitor compliance with those red-tape-spawning legislative acts known as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

LogLogic's new LX appliances will capture "log" or performance data from devices such as firewalls, servers, and switches, using the Syslog standard for recording network "events," says the company. These figures can then be analyzed to identify problems in the system or used to support regulatory compliance. Many firms, for example, are still struggling to come to terms with Sarbanes-Oxley, which will require them to draw information from a variety of sources within their IT infrastructure (see Gartner: Sarbanes Struggle Continues).

This is the first major product launch from the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, which was founded in April 2002. Earlier this year, LogLogic announced $5.5 million of Series A funding from Sequoia Capital and TeleSoft Partners.

LogLogic, of course, isn't the only startup mining this potentially rich regulatory goldmine: Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA), NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), and Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) already offer software-based products for recording log data, although appliance-based products are still thin on the ground.

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