Symantec updates Altiris management tools

Summary:The security giant has launched the latest iteration of its client and server-management products

Symantec has launched the latest versions of its Altiris server and client-management products, which automate tasks and enforce licence compliance.

Altiris Client Management Suite 7.0 is now cross-platform, and can be used to manage Windows, Linux and Mac systems. The suite will audit and categorise known applications into a software catalogue, automatically distribute software with required components, and perform periodic configuration checks, the company said on Tuesday in its announcement.

The client-management package also provides centralised desktop power management, with integrated support for Intel vPro chips, to allow IT professionals to power systems up for routine maintenance. Symantec has cannibalised systems-management technologies from its other products, including Ghost, pcAnywhere and Workspace Virtualisation, to include in the suite.

Altiris Server Management Suite 7.0 has a console that lets IT administrators monitor the performance of a company's distributed servers, whether virtual or physical. It also collects, stores and analyses events.

The operations of both updated suites can be managed using the existing Symantec Management Console, which also handles other Symantec software, including security, data-loss prevention, and backup and recovery products.

Altiris Client Management Suite 7.0 costs €95 (£87) per user, per year, while Altiris Server Management Suite 7.0 is priced at €411 per server, per year, for the basic versions of the suites.

In addition, Symantec announced in January that it would be turning to virtualisation and cloud-computing products.

Topics: Tech Industry

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