Symantec finally acquires AppStream to complete the virtualization package

Today during the keynote address at Symantec ManageFusion 2008 in Las Vegas, Symantec announced that they were finally completing their application virtualization package with the acquisition of AppStream. You might remember, it was a year ago at ManageFusion 2007 that Symantec announced that it was going to acquire Altiris, maker of SVS and SVS Pro application virtualization software. When I heard the announcem

Today during the keynote address at Symantec ManageFusion 2008 in Las Vegas, Symantec announced that they were finally completing their application virtualization package with the acquisition of AppStream.

You might remember, it was a year ago at ManageFusion 2007 that Symantec announced that it was going to acquire Altiris, maker of SVS and SVS Pro application virtualization software. When I heard the announcement, the first thing that came to my mind was, so when are they going to purchase AppStream?

In June 2007, I covered the news about Symantec upgrading SVS to version 2.1. And in that same article, I wrote:

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).

Well, it only took 12 months, but it looks like Symantec finally agrees about the value that AppStream brings to the SVS Pro product. How much? That's unclear. At least from a dollar amount. The definitive acquisition agreement was a private cash transaction for an undisclosed amount. And the deal should close by the end of the quarter.

Today, I met with Ken Berryman, Symantec VP of EndPoint Virtualization Group, and Srinivasa Venkataraman, CEO of AppStream. When asked why the acquisition took so long (the company's have been working together for nearly two years as partners), Berryman said that Symantec was waiting to get the organizational structure together before bringing AppStream into the company. And at the same time, Symantec wanted to validate that there was a sufficient market for the technology. Both are now accomplished.

Organizational changes have taken place, and AppStream will be brought into the EndPoint Virtualization Group to join and remain part of the Altiris SVS Pro application virtualization product.

It is from this group that I expect to see some great new products hit the virtualization market in the next 12 months. The people who created and brought us Altiris SVS really know what they are doing and have created a successful application virtualization solution. InfoWorld put their product to the test in a shoot out against some of the competition back in September last year - one of those competitors was Thinstall now owned by VMware.

And don't expect that AppStream is sitting on the sidelines waiting to be acquired. On the show floor yesterday, the company was showing off a new version of their streaming solution at their booth, with new features that customers have been asking for that deal with user profile problems and answering the packaging difficulties that keep many people away from the technology. If you already have MSI files, you are half way home to streaming your applications. When these two groups come together, expect innovative and fresh ideas to hit your server and desktop machine in the near future.

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