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Symantec Enterprise Architecture

Claim: Symantec intends to build an enterprise asset and change management architecture. It will combine products from PowerQuest, ON Technology, pcAnywhere, and Ghost into a single framework known as LiveState. Eventually, asset protection will be automated so that newly discovered threats can be proactively mitigated.

Context: Security vendors and incumbent asset management vendors are working to create more integrated asset protection solutions. Most enterprises have some type of asset management solution, so in order for Symantec to successfully compete, it will need to unseat incumbent vendors. Therefore, its value over the incumbents must be significant.

Credibility: Symantec has brought together a stable of best-of-breed products. Its challenge will be to maintain a competitive edge, while simultaneously integrating the products into a single architecture. Few vendors have successfully done that.

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