Altiris Joins the Virtualization Land Rush

Lifecycle management tool vendor Altiris says it is readying a virtualization product for release later this year aimed at driving down support costs and making operations more efficient by eliminating application conflicts.

Dubbed the Altiris Software Virtualization Solution (SVS), the product is designed to provide on-demand application provisioning, eliminating application conflicts, making possible the instant repair of damaged applications and cutting test time demands for application rollouts.

Lindon, Utah-based Altiris is just the latest to join the rush to lower IT costs by providing software virtualization at a number of levels, including at the application layer. Microsoft, Intel, AMD, VMware and others are all aiming for one or another sweet spot in the virtualization marketplace.

Altiris Software Virtualization Solution will be available in the fourth quarter for $29 per node, and it will also be available as a component of Altiris Client Management Suite Level 2, the company says.

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