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Altiris Moving Into Life-Cycle Management

Altiris plans to push further into life-cycle management software products to defend against the eventual commodization of the patch-management market, the software company said Tuesday at NetWorld+Interop.

The company plans to leverage its expertise in client, server and switch provisioning, as well as in IT asset management, to add value to its offering, said Dwain Kinghorn, vice president and CTO of Altiris, Salt Lake City.

He said the commodization of patch managment was inevitable in the face of the impending arrival of Microsoft's Longhorn operating system, which will include patch management as an integrated feature.

"Everyone knows Microsoft commoditizes features," Kinghorn said. "But [Altiris] still has business process technology, we have switch provisioning, and then there's the non-Windows story, the Linux story, cost analysis. We have all that."

The growing use of blade-style servers also offers fertile ground for Altiris to leverage, Kinghorn said. The company is ramping up switching solutions for the fabric atop networks for blade servers. And much of the effort will lend itself to products that manage both the configuration and server provisioning of a network, as well as software license management, all through the same console, Kinghorn said.

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