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Symantec Streamlines Security Biz

Symantec is the latest IT supplier to overhaul its business model. It looks to be a trend that could pave the way for new all-singing, all-dancing security software from the vendor.

Today, Symantec confirmed its plans to reduce investment in its Gateway Security family of appliances as well as in its Network Security 7100 device and its Advanced Manager 3.0 hardware offerings.

In an email, a Symantec spokesman explained that the vendor will continue to sell and support these products. "However, we have changed our strategy on how well deliver these technologies," he asserted. "Instead of designing the hardware ourselves, we’ll look to partners to help us do that."

The Gateway Security hardware represents just half of Symantec's security appliances, which include its Mail Security, Network Access Control Enforcer, and Security Information Manager products. The Symantec spokesman confirmed that these offerings will be unchanged by the vendor's decision to cut its Gateway Security hardware investments.

Indeed, the fact that Symantec is not cutting investment in its Network Access Control Enforcer offering adds weight to recent hints that Symantec is looking to claw its way into the Network Admission Control (NAC) market. This move could be made off the back of the technology it acquired last year with its Sygate purchase. (See Could Sygate Get Snapped Up?.)

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