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Dirig Makes Secure Upgrade

Dirig Software, the Nashua, N.H.-based developer of enterprise performance management solutions, Monday announced version 3.5 of its agent technology, which includes improved security features for Internet communication.

The additional security and data management features are designed to provide enterprises and e-businesses with improved data security over Web connections.

Dirig says the feature of improved HTTP/S communication reduces the number of 'ports' that need to be opened within a firewall and removes the need for Universal Data Port connections (a common security concern). Now Dirig's solutions can be easily deployed across firewalls and also support most co-location environments.

Additional new features of the update include an Audit Trail, which Dirig says addresses specific administrative needs of many large financial organizations through tracking and logging changes made through the GUI at the Management Server to a policy area.

"As Dirig continues to engage major enterprise and service provider organizations within tightly regulated industries such as health care, utilities and global financial institutions, managing an eBusiness infrastructure includes adhering to many stringent security and administrative requirements," says David Wilby, vice president of product management for Dirig Software.

"The additions we've made to our technology support many of these requirements, making our solutions capable of managing the most robust eBusiness environments," he adds.

"Our business model is built around distributed customers and data centers all managed from our central NOC," explains Eric Allen, COO of Netvein, a leading global managed service provider.

"Features like HTTP/S communication are critical to both Netvein and to our client base, ensuring we have a secure method of exchanging data from each system on the network to the management server in our NOC."

In conjunction with the release of version 3.5, the company is capitalizing on its brand equity in the Dirig name and is streamlining its product brands into a concise portfolio of products.

To date, Dirig has emphasized brands positioned toward specific markets such as xSPress for service providers and RelyENT for the enterprise, which will no longer be used.

Going forward, Dirig will leverage the brand equity from their corporate name and from Fenway, which the company has established as its tool for eBusiness management in production environments.

Says Chris Lesar, vice president of operations for Dirig Software: "The re-branding of our product line allows our customers to immediately identify the Dirig solution required to meet their management needs, while maintaining our Fenway brand for eBusiness solutions and strengthening the Dirig brand recognition."

Version 3.5 and the re-branded Dirig product line will be available starting in April 2002.

Founded in 1997, Dirig has formed partnerships with leading organizations such as IBM Global Services, Aprisma Management Technologies, Micromuse, Inc. Hewlett-Packard Company and BEA Systems, Inc.

Among its customers are enterprise firms such as Tufts Health Care, Northeast Utilities, and Canon as well as global service providers including Netvein, Motient and Giant Loop Networks.