Symantec CEO Hints at Deals with Dell, Sun

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-06-10 Print this article Print

Thompson kicks off Symantec's Vision conference with a keynote address aimed at the future.

LAS VEGAS-Symantec Chairman and CEO John Thompson didn't have any new product news to speak of when he opened the annual Vision user conference here at the Venetian on June 10, but he did allude to a couple of big deals that will happen this fall.

Thompson, now in his 10th year at the helm of the world's largest-selling software security company, said Symantec will be announcing OEM deals with Dell and Sun Microsystems "later this year." One of them will involve the integration of his company's Altiris Software Virtualization Solution Professional into Dell's ever-growing software portfolio.

In the other partnership transaction, Sun will be incorporating Symantec's storage virtualization software into its own set of products, to help with archiving and e-discovery capabilities.

Both Sun and Dell, strong in hardware but still filling gaps in the storage software department, need a one-stop shop like Symantec to give them a variety of choices in this area.

"Dell and Sun are both Global Premier Sponsors of this conference, and two close allies of ours," Thompson said. "Dell's new [data center] management console to come this fall will be built completely based on our Altiris software. It will provide archiving, messaging and endpoint security on a single pane of glass for the IT administrator.

"Sun will be using our storage virtualization software for energy conservation, archiving and e-discovery purposes. This should all be finalized this fall."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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