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Altiris First to Integrate Application Packaging and Software Virtualization

Quoting from the official press release:

Altiris, Inc., a pioneer of service-oriented management solutions, today announced the exclusive integration of Wise Package Studio(R) software with Altiris(R) Software Virtualization Solution(TM) to provide businesses with efficient software operations, increased system availability and employee productivity. Wise Package Studio 7 now supports the creation, editing and management of virtual software packages to help configure systems correctly and reduce application conflicts.

Altiris application packaging and virtualization technologies now work together to provide efficient software management only offered by Altiris. An existing .MSI file can now be virtualized for activation on SVS-enabled machines. This approach delivers the best of both worlds as the target system is appropriately configured by .MSI installation logic and the application runs virtually to avoid conflicts with other applications and the host operating system.

Dwain Kinghorn, Altiris CTO said, "Our goal is to pioneer technology that reduces the cost and complexity of IT management. Wise Package Studio 7 combined with Altiris Software Virtualization Solution is a perfect example of Altiris delivering on this goal. Together, these two technologies promote stable PCs while increasing manageability at a level exclusively offered by Altiris."

XCEND Group is an information technology and security consulting firm, specializing in helping customers lower IT operational costs through the integration of process and technology. Scott Hardie, XCEND Group VP of Technology Services, said, "We have customers that invest significant effort into application management best practices to help deliver maximum end-user productivity. For example, we worked with a large law firm that has installed and configured Software Virtualization Solution on all of its PCs but has been waiting for the release of Wise Package Studio 7 before rolling out virtualized applications. The unique advantages of integrated application packaging and software virtualization are critical to their ability to reduce the cost and complexity of enterprise software management.

"Internally, we have been using Software Virtualization Solution and Wise Package Studio for several months through the Altiris beta program to reduce the time and complexity of managing and deploying applications to our mobile workforce."

Other new Wise Package Studio 7 features include:

    --  Support for package creation, editing and management of a
        variety of formats such as:

    --  Virtual software archive (.VSA)

    --  RedHat Linux (.RPM)

    --  Mobile device packages including support for Windows Mobile 5.0

    --  Quality assurance enhancements that deliver rapid, automated
        and consistent package testing processes for heterogeneous
        environments

Wise Package Studio prepares applications and patches for deployment by properly configuring them to the unique requirements of computers in the target population. In addition to package creation and customization, Wise Package Studio also provides core functionality for managing and testing packages to help ensure reliable deployments. SVS helps to reduce support costs and streamline software operations by providing faster, simpler and more manageable deployment of desktop applications. SVS also helps to eliminate application conflicts and delivers instant application activation, deactivation and reset capabilities.

Patent-pending SVS technology can also be centrally managed using the Altiris architecture to help customers benefit from integrated Altiris service-oriented management solutions including inventory, packaging, deployment, migration, software delivery and service management. Applications prepared with Wise Package Studio 7 help decrease the risk of application conflicts and deliver on on-demand application provisioning.

Licensing and availability

Wise Package Studio 7 will be available later this month. With the release of Wise Package Studio 7, Altiris will include 50 full licenses of SVS with each purchased copy of Wise Package Studio Professional or Wise Package Studio Suite going forward. For more information, please contact your local Altiris sales representative by visiting www.altiris.com/sales

Published Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:00 PM by David Marshall
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