Symantec shows workflow for Altiris

Altiris division shows off the first fruits of its acquisition after unveiling a workflow tool.

The Altiris Workflow Solution is based on technology bought in from Transparent Logic, said senior product manager Duane Newman. He said that it allows administrators to automate management processes that use tools from Altiris and others.

"There's lots of business process management out there, but I see very little in the systems management space," he claimed.

He continued, "The business processes can be anything from simple information retrieval tasks to complex ones such as adding a new employee to the HR system and assigning them the IT resources they need. The workflow tool is very graphical, so it's pretty much self-documenting."

Altiris has also demonstrated Symantec Endpoint Protection (the new name for Symantec's PC security software) and Backup Exec System Recovery, working with the upcoming version 7 of its management tools (slated for release next year).

These are the first steps towards tying together all the Altiris and Symantec client management and security tools behind a single console, said Altiris division chief Greg Butterfield. Formerly the CEO of Altiris, his division is now responsible for most of Symantec's endpoint technology.

"We are pioneering this area of endpoint management," he said. "We want to close the loop - NAC is part of the process too, but only part. You also need remediation and validation, software discovery and deployment, patch management and so on."

Butterfield claimed that the "integration" of the two companies is going well. He said Altiris was acquired for the client management tools that represented over 70 percent of its business.

In other areas its technology lost out to parallel Symantec technologies -- for example, the CarbonCopy remote control tool has been discontinued in favor of PCAnywhere -- but those are now within the Altiris division, so it has gained staff since the acquisition, not lost them.

"The key benefit is the integration of data production, management and security, with Symantec and Altiris - and Veritas - toolsets working together," he said.

Symantec is also looking to make use of Altiris technology such as SVS, its application virtualization scheme, in other areas of its business, he said. For example, it might decided to deploy its consumer PC tools as virtual layers to minimize software clashes.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Bryan Betts

Techworld.com
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?