Symantec Updates Altiris Software Virtualization Solution

While attending Altiris ManageFusion, I was able to meet with Scott Jones, Altiris Product Manager for Software Virtualization Solution. When we spoke about the Symantec/Altiris acquisition, I asked him whether or not he knew if Symantec understood what they had with this jewel of a product called SVS or if they were too busy concentrating on Altiris' Server Management Suite and their Deployment Solution. He qui

While attending Altiris ManageFusion, I was able to meet with Scott Jones, Altiris Product Manager for Software Virtualization Solution. When we spoke about the Symantec/Altiris acquisition, I asked him whether or not he knew if Symantec understood what they had with this jewel of a product called SVS or if they were too busy concentrating on Altiris' Server Management Suite and their Deployment Solution. He quickly assured me that Symantec not only knew about SVS but that they also understood exactly what it offered.

Fast forward to Microsoft TechEd 2007, I was able to meet up with Scott Jones once again. This time, he informed me that Symantec had announced the release of a significant update to Altiris SVS that would help optimize software management.

The new version contains a number of application virtualization improvements, as well as support for Windows Vista. According to Steve Morton, Symantec VP of Product Marketing and Strategy in the Altiris business unit, "New to this version, SVS now simplifies application compatibility and on-demand computing. The roll out of Windows Vista creates an excellent opportunity for IT organizations to take control of their computing environment, drive down costs and improve service levels."

But perhaps the most important addition to the product is the addition of integrated application streaming. And Gartner agrees as their research shows "application virtualization combines well with streaming technology. Because of the obvious benefits of combining these two technologies, application virtualization is regarded by some users as synonymous with application streaming. The two technologies will eventually become inseparable."

To that end, Symantec has signed a partnership agreement with application streaming software provider, AppStream, who has pioneered the streaming application market. The two companies have had quite a history together and the two products work so well together - they might as well be one. And perhaps, they should be. After the news about the Altiris acquisition was made, I immediately called for Symantec to purchase AppStream and keep this family of products together. While the partnership goes a long way, I still think both companies could benefit from marrying these two applications together once and for all. Application streaming and virtualization, after all, go together like peanut butter and jelly (or select your two favorite combined food items).

SVS version 2.1 is available through the company's direct sales force and resellers, and the product costs $29 per node. And keep your eyes open for the SVS 2.1 free for personal use license that will be made available for download.

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