Symantec has acquired endpoint management software specialist Altiris for $830-million.

Symantec says that the acquisition will strengthen its position on the enterprise endpoint enabling it to better manage and enforce security policies at the endpoint, identify and protect against threats, and repair and service assets.
"The most secure endpoint is a well-managed endpoint," says Symantec chairman and CEO, John Thompson. "The best protection must be complemented by the ability to remediate and address vulnerabilities that could be exploited.
"By combining the endpoint management solutions from Altiris with the security expertise of Symantec, we believe we can offer customers a more comprehensive solution to protect and manage the millions of connected devices that make up the fabric of today’s global IT infrastructure."
Altiris solutions are aimed at reducing the cost and complexity of tracking, supporting, and maintaining an organisation’s corporate IT assets including desktops, laptops, servers and handheld devices.
The company has also introduced innovative software virtualisation technology critical to providing faster, simpler and more manageable deployment of PC applications. This technology helps to reduce support costs and streamline software operations.
"Today’s IT departments are faced with constant pressures to manage spiraling IT complexity at the lowest possible cost," says Greg Butterfield, president and CEO of Altiris. "We have made it our goal to help businesses reduce the cost and complexity of IT, improve system and data security, and better align IT service with corporate objectives.
"By combining our software solutions, services and channel distribution strengths, Symantec and Altiris can offer our customers the 'total package' in endpoint management," Butterfield adds.