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August 08, 2008

Symantec Acquires nSuite Solutions, Expands Endpoint Virtualization Portfolio

Symantec (News - Alert) is expanding its endpoint virtualization solutions enabling enterprise information technology (IT) organizations to protect and manage endpoints. The company’s virtualization technology provides management infrastructure needed for  heterogeneous virtual and physical environments.
To strengthen its existing endpoint virtualization portfolio, Symantec acquired nSuite Technologies, a virtual workspace management company. The deal is scheduled to close by the end of August. Through this acquisition, Symantec will be able to add presentation virtualization and connection brokering technologies to its portfolio.
Connection broker technology allows allocation of traditional and virtual computing resources like information, user profiles, and applications to endpoint regardless of the device.  Presentation virtualization allows users to view and interact with applications running remotely on a server, as if they are running on their local computing devices.
Symantec’s portfolio of software delivery tools includes on-demand application streaming, software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) enablement and traditional software deployment. These tools enable customers to provide a portable computing experience across a range of computing environments.
“The real promise of endpoint virtualization is improving the end-user experience while helping to lower the cost of managing endpoint devices,” said Ken Berryman, vice president, Endpoint Virtualization, Symantec, in a statement. 
“Symantec’s strategy is to help enable a truly dynamic endpoint where applications and information are delivered to any computing environment in a seamless manner.  IT organizations should have the confidence to leverage the full power of traditional and virtual computing environments to maximize resources and reduce complexity,” said Berryman.
The nSuite virtualization solutions will operate in conjunction with Symantec’s Altiris (News - Alert) Software Virtualization Solution Professional, which currently includes streaming and virtualization technology from Altiris and AppStream. This solution isolates applications and data from the base operating system allowing customers to instantly add, remove or reset applications on a Windows desktop, completely avoiding conflicts between applications or even between different versions of the same application. 

With the expanded virtualization portfolio from Symantec, enterprises will be able to make their computing resources available anytime anywhere, said Symantec. Along with Symante’s existing streaming and virtualization products, the new capabilities deliver instantaneous, on-demand software through the flexibility of application virtualization and streaming.

“As organizations increasingly leverage virtualization to deliver applications to endpoint devices, simplified, complete management of the virtualization stack and the security of the endpoint solution are both paramount concerns,” said  Chris Wolf, senior analyst at Burton Group, in a statement. “Virtualization is redefining traditional application delivery methods and solutions that leverage virtualization to securely deliver applications to a myriad of virtual and physical endpoints are best positioned for long term success.”

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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