Symantec has delayed the launch of its Virtual Security Appliance for Intel's vPro enterprise desktop platform. Originally intending to ship the application next month, the security vendor has pushed back the launch date to mid-2008, attributing the delay to feedback from beta customers and a desire for better support for open source technologies. "One of our goals for the next version is to move to more open source components that we integrate into our solution," said Gary Sabala, senior product manager for virtual security solutions at Symantec.
VPro is Intel's enterprise PC platform that uses virtualisation to allow for a single management appliance. The appliance runs independently from the system's main operating system and can apply software updates, for instance. Symantec's appliance will run security software in an isolated virtual compartment, preventing malware and the user from tampering with the software. The delay also offers Symantec some breathing space to further enhance its product. Feedback from beta customers pointed out that the appliance was lacking a robust management console, for instance. However, the delay could also undermine the value of Intel's vPro platform, as Lenovo is currently the only software vendor shipping a vPro appliance. An Intel spokesperson declined to comment on the effect that the Symantec delay will have on vPro, but said that the company will continue to work with software vendors to build out the platform's features.
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