Appliance enables secure management of IT operations.

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Providing centralized management interface for administrative access to computing and networking resources, GateKeeper helps users create compartmentalized security and compliance policies across IT resources. It features bi-directional keystroke logging for CLI interfaces and session recording of in-band and out-of-band devices and services. In addition to monitoring multi-branded components, gateway provides granular controls that restrict access by role, device, service, and time.

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Xceedium Delivers Enhanced GateKeeper Platform for Secure and Centralized Management of IT Operations

o Latest Release Adds New Granular Resource Control and Reporting Features for Greater Ease in Creating and Enforcing Compartmentalized Security and Compliance Policies across All IT Resources

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 8 -- Xceedium, a leader in secure IT operations management, today announced the latest version of its GateKeeper, a hardened appliance that serves as a centralized management platform for secure, cost-effective IT operations management. Many of the world's largest and best-known government, financial and other Fortune 1000 organizations already leverage GateKeeper. Particularly for vendors and managed service providers, it allows them to deliver touch free support and efficiently create and enforce a standardized security model with comprehensive compliance and reporting features that track and control all IT access and support activities.

"Today's global enterprises and public organizations need access to distributed data centers from remote locations to expedite service levels, cut costs, and provide smooth IT maintenance on an ongoing basis," said Scott Crawford, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Management Associates. "The cost and complexity of remote management has made this a difficult challenge to overcome for many, however -- not to mention the risks a fragmented approach may introduce. By integrating a platform that centralizes support across a wide diversity of environments with innovative security, compliance and reporting capabilities, Xceedium is demonstrating real industry leadership in addressing this need."

The latest version of GateKeeper adds new, innovative industry-first features for IT operations management. Additional security features further strengthen its tight compartmentalized security blueprint for third-party vendors, contractors and other specialists who require access to distributed data centers. Combined, the following new features enhance the cost savings benefits associated with GateKeeper-enabled secure, centralized, touch free IT operations management:

o Universal bi-directional keystroke logging for all CLI interfaces
o Session recording of both in-band and out-of-band devices and services
o Centralized out-of-band monitoring for multi-branded components that
provides an overall data center view
o Patent-pending real-time filtering of key actions that deliver instant
notification and automatic intervention that deters "roaming around" to
other areas of the infrastructure
o New granular controls that prevent visibility of the total IT
infrastructure, while restricting access by role, device, service and
o Enhancements to LDAP integration with the inclusion of Active Directory
o Additional reporting allowing visibility to actual source IP address and
the connection of out-of-band devices and method of access
o State-of-the-art clustering of GateKeepers allowing for load balancing
and database synchronization

"For years, Xceedium has enabled us to control outside vendor access and third-party specialists who manage parts of our data center, and helped us to monitor, review and enforce adherence to company policies," said Eric Mahafzeh, CIO, Kellogg Group. "Xceedium's technology provides our global IT operations personnel with secure access to the data center in a way that ensures compliance to the numerous regulatory standards faced by financial services firms."

Together, GateKeeper's additional security and compliance features work together to deliver a new level of control and accountability. This new recording and intervention capability can be utilized universally on any hardware and software platform that can be accessed through the Telnet and/or SSH protocols.

This release of GateKeeper, which already offers a single ingress point, also offers a centralized dashboard for all multi-branded out-of-band equipment. Other GateKeeper enhancements include seamless integration with LDAP and Active Directory.

"For today's organizations, creating a standardized security model across dispersed facilities while adhering to regulatory policies is an expensive and daunting task," said Cheryl Traverse, President and CEO of Xceedium. "With Xceedium's latest release of GateKeeper, IT can accomplish this more efficiently and effectively, so they can safely enjoy the cost savings benefits of centralized, touch free IT operations management."

This latest release of GateKeeper is available and shipping now. For more information, please visit .

About Xceedium

Xceedium helps IT operations manage their distributed infrastructure as if it were one integrated system -- quickly, efficiently, and securely. Xceedium's GateKeeper is a hardened appliance that provides a centralized management interface for easy and secure administrative access to computing and networking resources, from anywhere, at anytime. The solution is client-less, agent-less, and rapidly deployable; providing a highly-secure and real-time operational framework for complete control across in-band, out-of-band, and power-on/off support needs. Xceedium's patented technology maximizes operational agility, increases service delivery, and enables auditable processes that support SOX and other regulatory requirements. GateKeeper is Common Criteria Certified and FIPS 140 compliant, and has been successfully deployed in hundreds of data centers within large government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies. Xceedium is headquartered in Jersey City, N.J. For more information, visit: .

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