CA releases wireless Lan management software

Computer Associates International (CA) has released a new tool for managing and securing wireless networks that attracted...

Computer Associates International (CA) has released a new tool for managing and securing wireless networks that attracted significant customer interest when it was previewed earlier this year.

CA introduced its Wireless Site Management (WSM) technology at its CA World user conference in May. Then in beta testing, the software elicited enthusiastic reviews from early users deploying it on university campuses and in corporate facilities.

The Wireless Site Management 4.0 software uses GPS technology to help pinpoint all of the wireless devices installed on Wi-Fi networks.

The technology is available worldwide, but CA's initial sales push will be concentrated in North America, according to Sumit Deshpande, a CA vice-president attached to its chief technology officer office.

WSM enables administrators to identify and manage wireless infrastructure and to restrict network access to authorised machines. It also monitors the performance of wireless networks.

Jeff McGee, chief information officer of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in Bossier City, Louisiana, began testing WSM on campus for five months and found that it helped him identify and locate hackers who where using unauthorised systems on the schools WLan.

McGee is currently running a WSM pilot project with about 20 users in one building. BPCC is preparing to move to a new, larger campus in December, and McGee expects to use WSM to run a wireless network connecting all of BPCC's buildings and 5,000 students and staff. 

WSM is priced at $15,000 (£8,185) for up to 100 users, with additional user licenses available for $1,500 per 100. 

CA also released on its website its Ingres database, making good on a promise to release the database technology under a free, open-source code licence.

Stacy Cowley writes for IDG News Service

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