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Altiris "Revolutionizes" Software Management by Virtualizing Applications

New Technology Eliminates Application Conflicts for Reduced Support Costs

Altiris, a pioneer of IT lifecycle management solutions that reduce the total cost of owning IT resources, has announced
"revolutionary" new software management capabilities available with the upcoming release of Altiris Software Virtualization
Solution. This new Altiris technology reduces support costs and makes software operations more efficient while delivering
business agility through on-demand application provisioning. SVS eliminates application conflicts, makes possible the instant repair of damaged applications and significantly reduces testing time for application rollouts.

Michael Silver, Gartner research VP, said, "Most companies have far more critical applications than they'd like. Efficiently
and quickly testing, deploying and patching applications, and ensuring they don't conflict with or break one another is
increasingly difficult. Application virtualization could allow organizations to deploy applications and fixes more quickly
while protecting the integrity of the base operating system and other applications."

AmeriGas is the nation's largest propane company, serving more than 1.3 million residential, commercial, industrial,
agricultural and motor fuel propane customers in nearly 50 states. Keith Hemenway, AmeriGas IT engineer, said, "Software Virtualization Solution is like nothing we have ever seen before and completely changes the way we think about software management. I show it to everybody and they ask, 'how did you do that?' Being able to turn applications on and off at a moment's notice will save us significant time, money and hassle. This product is revolutionary."

Bill Washburn, Cal State University San Marcos system administrator, is tasked with managing approximately 80 applications running on more than 1000 computers used by about 7000 students and faculty. Washburn said, "We've rolled out Altiris Software Virtualization Solution to help significantly improve application reliability, drive down application support costs and better serve the constantly evolving software requirements of our faculty and students."

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