EMC, Symantec on Collision Course in Systems Management

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-05-29 Print this article Print

EMC's purchase of configuration management software publisher Configuresoft gives it products and technology to manage servers, storage and networking devices. The acquisition moves EMC further away from its storage core and a direct rival to Symantec, which is focusing more on systems management.

Storage giant EMC is taking a step closer to becoming more of a systems management company--and on a collision course with Symantec--through the acquisition of configuration management software company Configuresoft.

Configuresoft, a pioneer in security and network device configuration management and change control applications, will become a part of EMC's Resource Management Software Group once the acquisition closes. The acquisition price is undisclosed.

"Server configuration and change management are among the top challenges faced by IT. With Configuresoft, we're gaining market-leading server configuration management solutions, giving customers the power they need to fully automate the data center in compliance with new physical and virtual best practice policies," said EMC's Chris Gahagan, senior vice president, Resource Management Software in a statement.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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