Symantec Acquires Desktop Virtualization Firm

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-04-09 Print this article Print

Symantec gains access to desktop virtualization by acquiring AppStream.


Data security and storage provider Symantec disclosed on April 9 that it is acquiring an OEM partner, software-as-a-service provider AppStream. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by either company.

AppStream brings a whole new market-desktop virtualization-to the Symantec catalog. The company's streaming technology allows any Windows-based software application to be streamed on demand to an end user's desktop in LAN, WAN or home-worker environments, and includes user-based application provisioning and license management tools.

AppStream's service can be deployed stand-alone or in tandem with existing enterprise software deployment systems, such as VMware and Citrix XenSource.

"This is a small, targeted acquisition and is a very natural move for Symantec because of the close partnership [AppStream has been a Symantec OEM partner since 2006] and the company's existing product relationship on Symantec's Software Virtualization Solution [SVS] Pro," Symantec spokeswoman Sherri Walkenhorst told eWEEK via e-mail.

Using AppStream's Web portal, users can surf to and access the desired applications in a kiosk-like, on-demand fashion.

"We're seeing quite a trend here, with big companies like VMware [bought by EMC], XenSource [bought by Citrix], Innotech [bought by Sun Microsystems] and Microsoft [Kidaro] investing heavily in this next big thing, desktop virtualization," Mark Bowker, virtualization analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group, told eWEEK.

"There's a great opportunity here, but it's not like we haven't been here before. We had that whole 'dumb terminal' trend awhile back, but the technology now is so much better than it was, that there is a whole new huge market now for running hundreds-if not thousands-of machines in virtualization, saving tons of money and energy at the same time," Bowker said.

This is Symantec's entry into the desktop virtualization market, Bowker said.

"I'm not totally sure they [Symantec] have their full strategy down yet as to what they're going to do with it, but it's an interesting move, for sure," Bowker said.

The transaction is expected to close by June, Walkenhorst said. 


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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