IBM has produced a new security bundle and a blade server.

Its Telecom Core Infrastructure Security Solution is a tightly integrated bundle of IBM and third-party software running on IBM's BladeCenter blade servers. The bundle will allow telecom operators to monitor their networks and the traffic flowing over them to pick up early on anomalies that could signify security attacks.

The bundle will give carriers a "top-down, single pane of glass" view into the health of their network operations, program director Scott Sobers said. Previously, carriers looking to obtain such insight into their networks would've had to integrate the different software products themselves. The Telecom Core Infrastructure Security Solution combines IBM's Tivoli Security Operations Manager and Tivoli Netcool with Narus's NarusInsight Secure Suite.

IBM acquired the Netcool technology with its $865 million purchase of Micromuse, and has bought five other software vendors with telecom expertise over the past 12 months. J

IBM has also improved its Netcool/Precision and Netcool/Proviso performance management and availability management software, adding support for multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) networks, Sobers said.

The vendor add previewed a new BladeCenter HT blade server due to ship in the second quarter of 2007. IBM has designed the blade to meet industry recommendations such as the European Telecommunications Standard Institute standard as well to handle a variety of environmental conditions including high temperatures and electrostatic discharge.

IBM didn't provide any pricing details for its new offerings.