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March 10, 2009

Symantec freshens up acquired Altiris assets

Adds new client and server management features

By CBR Staff Writer

Upgrades made by Symantec Corp to its client management and server management lines could help organisations squeeze more out of their infrastructure assets. 

Version 7.0 of the company’s Client Management Suite promotes energy conservation, extends controls across Windows, Linux and Mac with a new native OS X agent, and improves software distribution processes.

That moves draws on new procedures where the system audits and categorises known applications into a software catalog, from which programs can be automatically deployed.

The associated Server Management Suite 7.0 has also been in for a re-fit and now comes with scheduling management feeds that give IT administrators a way of better containing change activities to set maintenance windows.

The products were formerly known as the Altiris Management Suite, a flagship of a company Symantec acquired in 2007.

Altiris developed systems for provisioning and software deployment to servers and client PCs, and some of its software was OEM’ed by HP and Dell.

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Since the acquisition, Symantec has reoriented the business as a unit tasked with developing its endpoint systems (client) management interests, and the development of cross-cuts that blend product assets from both sides. 

In that regard both Client Management and Server Management Suite 7.0 now integrate well with Symantec’s Endpoint Protection suite of anti-virus applications, as they do with the Backup Exec system protection and recovery utilities for Windows. 

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