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Pune, March 19 Three new technologies would be hitting the software market from Symantec Research Labs (SRL), the research arm of Symantec, player in the infrastructure software arena.

The technologies are Mr. Clean, virtual machine aware storage (VMAS) and software fault tolerance(SFT).

Talking to presspersons, Mr Mark Bregman, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Symantec said Mr. Clean is the code name for the new reputation-based software rating service from SRL.

The aim is to help users decide whether or not to install and run new software that they encounter on the Internet. The deployment is expected to happen in the beginning of the next calendar year and the software is currently only in the data collection mode.

Recent studies have shown that up to 80 per cent of newly posted malware goes undetected by antivirus software. He pointed out that earlier a handful of popular viruses and worms committed the majority of attacks and it was easy to obtain a sample and produce a signature that protects users against the infection. But today, attackers produce hundreds of new spyware, adware and Trojans on a daily basis.

Mr. Clean would provide the user with a risk assessment for the software and help discern between good and bad files. Mr Mark said VMAS would reduce the complexity of managing the virtual and physical data centre and is aimed at reducing storage requirements in large VM (virtual machine) deployments. Potential future solutions could help improve efficiency of storage management such as patching, cloning, back up in virtual data centres.

SFT is the ability of the software to detect and recover from a fault hat is happening or has already happened in either the software or hardware in the system, which is running in order to provide service. He noted that there are many levels of fault tolerance, the lowest being the ability to continue operation in the event of a power failure. He noted that SRL is working on SFT clustering technology that ensure that if a server dies, its operating systems and applications would continue running on a back-up server exactly wherethey left off.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 20, 2008)
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