EMC, Symantec on Collision Course in Systems Management

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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