Symantec Merges Security With Server and Storage Management

Symantec entrusts its Enterprise Administration Business Unit with uniting systems and storage management with security.

Security software maker Symantec Corp. is weaving together systems and storage management with security features to give IT managers more comprehensive management of enterprise IT environments.

The companys fledgling Enterprise Administration Business Unit is building off two recent acquisitions to create software that promises to enable administrators to ward off potential intrusions while performing system provisioning and patch remediation across a network.

To drive that mission, Symantecs Enterprise Administration Business Unit this year will introduce its Recovery Manager and Backup Manager products. The offerings will add management capabilities and advanced imaging to the often-unprotected data backup process, said Don Kleinschnitz, Symantecs vice president of product delivery and enterprise administration, in Cupertino, Calif.

Symantecs Enterprise Administration Business Unit comprises the companys acquisitions over the last four months of PowerQuest Corp. and On Technology Corp., which provide software life-cycle and configuration management technologies, respectively.

Symantecs plans entail cobbling together capabilities from various products, including Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition, for software updates and operating system migrations to desktops and laptops, and Symantec pcAnywhere, for managing remote workstations. In addition, PowerQuest technology will perform snapshot backup and recovery, while On Technology will offer patch management.

Kleinschnitz said the incorporation of storage and systems management into Symantecs arsenal will allow customers to respond to alerts proactively.

"Its one thing to warn people; its another thing to [enable them] to do something about it," said Kleinschnitz. "We need to talk with CIOs about storage, systems [management] and security—if you dont get control of those three spaces in an integrated way, youre not going to get to a secure environment."

Next page: First up: Uniting storage and systems management.