SOURCE: Symantec

April 11, 2007 08:00 ET

Altiris, Now Part of Symantec, Ships Configuration Management Database for Mid-Sized Organizations

Altiris Provides an Easy-to-Implement CMDB for Improved IT Governance, Compliance and Asset Visibility

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2007 --ManageFusion -- Altiris, now part of Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) and a pioneer of service-oriented management solutions, today announced that it will offer Altiris CMDB Solution as an easy-to-implement CMDB for the mid-sized organizations that helps deliver automated IT operations, improved IT governance, compliance, and asset visibility. This new solution will extend and enhance existing Altiris configuration management capabilities to help lower support costs and provide better IT service to end users.

"A computing environment is most secure when it is well managed," said Rob Clyde, vice president of technology, Symantec. "Likewise, effective IT service and security management is not possible without an accurate, in-depth understanding of relationships and dependencies within an IT environment. Our customers know that an implemented, well-tuned configuration management database can be a significant business advantage. When done right, the CMDB becomes a central nervous system for aligning IT resources with business objectives for efficient operations. We are unique in providing an easy-to-implement and actionable CMDB solution."

CMDB Solution is natively built on the Altiris service-oriented architecture to provide tight integration with Altiris execution tools for closed-loop IT service and configuration management. CMDB Solution will deliver a practical alternative to other CMDB offerings by providing a basis for automating configuration management and servicing an IT environment, going above and beyond basic information and relationship tracking.

According to Forrester research, Altiris IT asset management products offer "a full-featured solution around the company's service management and life-cycle tools. Asset information is natively modeled within a CMDB, rather than simply accessed from a separate data store, and includes contractual information, leases, warranties, SLAs, and SLOs."*

Historically, the Altiris architecture has provided built-in CMDB capabilities such as the creation of new resource types, management of current configuration items, connector functionality for quick external data federation, and a graphical representation of configuration items to help IT professionals visualize how items are prioritized and related. The new, productized Altiris CMDB Solution will now also include:

--  Automatic discovery and maintenance of configuration items
--  External data reconciliation
--  New resource types including services, systems, rack, server, and
--  History changes filtered by person, type, etc.
--  Additional configuration item task creation and control
--  Enhanced reporting with configuration item history, additional change
    reports and dependencies
Altiris CMDB Solution is a data repository for all configuration items to be tracked, managed, and accounted for within an organization. It also tracks the relationships between items and provides detailed information about each, including change history, to support the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) service support and service delivery processes.

Altiris solutions are built on the latest Web and standards-based technologies for fast, flexible and easy-to-manage functionality. Altiris software helps companies reduce costs, increase IT resource productivity and better utilize existing investments. By actively managing the entire asset lifecycle, Altiris solutions help eliminate unnecessary software and hardware costs, and proactively manage vendor contracts.


Altiris CMDB Solution is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of 2007. It is expected to be available through the Altiris direct sales force, VAR channel, system integrators and select OEM partners and is offered starting at an MSRP of $6,995 per concurrent user.

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* Forrester Research, Inc., "Altiris Leads The Middle Ground With A Stealth IT Asset Management Product," Peter O'Neill, Reedwan Iqbal, Norbert Kriebel and Thomas Mendel, Aug. 4, 2006.

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