ORLANDO, FLA. - At the annual Lotusphere conference here this week, third-party vendors unwrapped a bevy of tools designed to bolster management and performance of messaging products from IBM Corp.'s Lotus Software.
Targeting Lotus' IM (instant messaging) and e-meetings software, DYS Analytics Inc. introduced Collaboration Control for Lotus Sametime 3, a metrics reporting and analysis tool that provides IT managers with network-level visibility into IM environments, according to Andrew Wolff, vice-president of product marketing at DYS Analytics, in Wellesley, Mass.
Improving upon existing monitoring controls in Sametime 3, Collaboration Control allows managers to understand how the IM system is being used, where it is used, and by whom.
"Sametime's [existing] monitoring controls are focused on the individual server level, providing only a snapshot," Wolff said. "We collect information about servers, correlate it, and present trending information, [such as] does [Sametime] need more capacity?"
FaceTime Communications Inc. used Lotusphere to demonstrate IM Auditor Enterprise, which lets businesses centrally manage and control IM communications without requiring changes to the messenger client or IM network community, said FaceTime officials in Foster City, Calif.
IM Auditor Enterprise integrates with corporate directories such as Lotus Domino, Microsoft Corp.'s Active Directory, and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s ONE (Open Net Environment) Directory, which allows automated mapping of IM contact names to authenticated employee IDs. Other features include the capability to set authorization levels for users, internal routing of public IM sessions, and an application integration gateway.
Targeting e-mail monitoring, BVRP Software Group announced MailMeter, a server-based investigative tool for monitoring and analyzing e-mail communications. The product is designed to help network managers enforce e-mail policies by uncovering non-productive e-mail usage, according to BVRP officials in Westminster, Colo.
MailMeter works in conjunction with spam and antivirus filtering tools to track all e-mail sent and received by employees. The product captures address pairs, subject, and attachments and provides reports that can be updated in real time over the Web.
Meanwhile, security technology vendor Symantec Corp. at the show rolled out an antivirus and content filtering product for Lotus Notes/Domino environments. The Symantec AntiVirus/Filtering for Domino adds support for Notes/Domino 6 and features improved content filtering capabilities designed to offer policy-based filtering of undesirable content, according to Symantec officials. The product also provides real-time protection against spam attacks, protection for more e-mail attachment types, and simplified logging and alerting functionality provided through integration with Symantec's Enterprise Security Architecture.