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Altiris releases desktop software virtualization

According to The Register, Altiris is looking to capture a much wider user base with the release of its Software Virtualization Solution (SVS) package.  They write:

 

SVS has been designed to address the problems associated with the deployment of application software to desktop devices. The use of 'virtualisation' capabilities in the new Altiris solution can help organisations alleviate many of problems associated with software conflicts that are commonly encountered. In addition, the use of SVS could speed application deployment making it simpler for IT to help align IT usage with rapidly fluctuating alterations to business requirements.

SVS works on the principle of abstracting files and desktop registry settings associated with the installation of an application. Altiris SVS makes use of some of the company's own patent pending technology to put application and configuration data into 'virtual units' that affect just how the application's files and registry settings are installed, not how they are utilised or run in operations. No customisation of the application is required and users of the application are, to all intents and purposes, unaware of the involvement of SVS.

Central administration of SVS can be achieved using the extensive family of Altiris management tools. However, it should be noted that SVS has also been designed to interoperate with other desktop management offerings such as Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS). Indeed Altiris plans to release an SMS console snap-in for SVS administration. The snap-in will be available in the near future without charge.

Read the entire article, here.

Published Monday, March 27, 2006 7:42 AM by David Marshall
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