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Shavlik Buys Gibraltar In Patch Management Play

As part of an end-of-year shopping spree in the software sector, security ISV Shavlik Technologies this week acquired Gibraltar Software to expand its burgeoning patch management business to non-Windows platforms.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shavlik is a leading patch management supplier that develops the popular HFNetChkPro product and Microsoft's Baseline Security Analyzer.

By acquiring Gibraltar this week, Shavlik, St Paul, Minn., will be able to offer existing and new customers support for other platforms, including Solaris and Red Hat Linux.

Support for Microsoft is also currently provided in Gibraltar's solutions. Support for IBM AIX and HP UX support is planned for the future. Gibraltar's agent-based technology will also be exploited by Shavlik to enhance its Windows-based platform, said executives at the Windows security ISV.

As Microsoft pitches its recently released Systems Management Server 3.0 software deployment platform and gets ready to release Software Update Server 2.0 into beta next quarter, Shavlik and other ISVs, including LANDesk, Computer Associates International, Hewlett-Packard, Ecora and Red Hat, are trying to distinguish their patch management solutions with cross-platform support.

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