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Symantec Buys Altiris for $830M
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JANUARY 29, 2007 | If you had any questions about whether Symantec is serious about taking on Microsoft for the right to secure and manage the desktop, you can put them to rest right now.

Symantec today made a statement about its enterprise directions by acquiring Altiris, one of the industry's best-known desktop management tool vendors, for $830 million. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

The deal sets up a new tier of security vendors that clearly are targeting the enterprise market. Both Cisco and Microsoft have moved into the security market over the past year -- Symantec wants to compete on that level.

"What customers have always wanted is a choice," says John Thompson, chairman and CEO of Symantec. "We're offering an alternative for managing heterogeneous environments. We'll be competitive on Windows, but we think we have an advantage in that Microsoft doesn't offer support on non-Windows systems, and we will."

"This acquisition puts Symantec in an incredibly strong position against Trend Micro and McAfee and nearly ensures its dominance in the corporate security market," says Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, an IT consultancy. "In the end, this comes closest to putting Symantec on an equal footing with Cisco and Microsoft and, while you can't really bid the companies against each other, there is a reasonable chance that each will help keep the others in line."

The company once known for its stand-alone PC antivirus products is now going after the largest enterprises, experts say.... More

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