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By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-04-19 Print this article Print

Symantec said it will first address the marriage of storage and systems management before it commits to adding security into the mix next year.

For customers such as Bruce Thiebauth, software from Symantecs Enterprise Administration Business Unit will make a big impact by consolidating disparate management software, freeing up personnel and minimizing finger-pointing when events occur.

"Now you have one location to get the tools you need as a user to accomplish these [security, storage and systems management] tasks that, before, you were going to have to try to use a collection of tools to do," said Thiebauth, network manager for HP Direct, a unit of Hewlett-Packard Co., in Omaha, Neb. "Anytime you can bundle those resources together and get more functionality out of that tool, all of those issues make life easier for a small or large organization." HP Direct uses Symantec as its primary anti-virus software, as well as PowerQuests Deploy Center for imaging and Partition Magic tools internally. The organization also incorporates the technology into HP hardware when a customer requests it.

In the highly competitive systems management arena, the absence of IT asset management in Symantecs repertoire could limit its appeal. "[Symantec is] still missing a piece of the puzzle, which I think is IT asset management," said Fred Broussard, an analyst at IDC, in Framingham, Mass. "That would complete the major parts of a systems management story."

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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