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Symantec Positioned as a Leader in the Client Management Tools Magic Quadrant

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Feb. 16, 2012 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools report¹, formerly the Magic Quadrant for PC Configuration Life Cycle Management Tools. Gartner recently changed the name of the longtime PC configuration life cycle management market to the client management tools market to reflect the growing variety of devices IT organizations now support, such as mobile devices.


The Magic Quadrant report, which positions vendors based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision, identified major market trends that are impacting the overall Client Management market, including mobile device management and the management of desktop virtualization technologies. Symantec provides integrated solutions that help IT organizations respond to these trends by ensuring that their management infrastructure can easily support new technology changes quickly, adapt to changing processes and business needs and provide the necessary insight to make more intelligent decisions.


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“With the increased adoption of desktop virtualization and mobile devices like the iPad and Android tablets, many organizations are looking to acquire a solution that better supports their needs to effectively manage their increasingly heterogeneous environments,” said Rob Greer, vice president of product management, Endpoint and Mobility Group, Symantec. “We believe our position as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools confirms Symantec’s vision and ability to enable customers to efficiently secure and manage the increasing complexity of their physical and virtual endpoints.”


Symantec has consistently augmented its endpoint management portfolio to address the challenges of client management as a result of the consumerization of IT, virtualized environments and complex IT infrastructures. Altiris Client Management Suite from Symantec allows IT to manage their assets with greater efficiencies and drive down costs across a broad range of desktops, virtual infrastructures and mobile devices through integration with Symantec Mobile Management and through application streaming and virtualization with Symantec Workspace Streaming.


Client Management Suite manages, secures and troubleshoots systems with greater efficiency on more platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and virtual desktop environments. The combination of complete life cycle functionality built on an integrated infrastructure enables organizations to gain and maintain control of their entire IT environment, including mobile devices. This also allows organizations to easily extend their functionality into other areas, such as mobile security, asset management, license compliance or service management.


As mobile devices become more sophisticated, provide greater corporate access and store more data, organizations require greater control and management to protect corporate information and ensure user productivity—all while reducing costs. Symantec solves these challenges with Symantec Mobile Management. Mobile Management increases IT efficiency with over-the-air deployment of applications and updates, improves end user productivity by managing mobile device health, and integrates with Altiris Client Management Suite for centralized management of the end user computing environment.


The introduction of Macs in the corporate environment has organizations looking for endpoint management software that supports Mac OS X to help reduce support costs, lower the total cost of owning client systems and help keep end users more productive. Client Management Suite provides organizations with a single management infrastructure to manage both PCs and Macs from the same console.


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¹ Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools” by Terrence Cosgrove, January 31, 2012


TECHNORATI TAGS: endpoint management, systems management, client management, mobile management, consumerization of IT, endpoint virtualization

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