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    Symantec Endpoint Virtualization Suite
    Symantec Corp.
    http://symantec.com/
    20330 Stevens Creek Blvd.
    Cupertino, CA 95014

    The suite covers three separate products that have been acquired over the years by Symantec for applications delivery via streaming or virtual layers and a connection broker technology that allows enterprises to manage the way their applications are packaged and delivered to users' desktops.

    We tested Version 6.1 on various test machines in February 2009.

    Requirements: Windows XP SP 1 or better with Java J2SE Runtime 5.0 update 6, Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows 2000, Windows Vista

    Price: $360 (concurrent license), $270 (per node) for entire suite, Streaming + Virtualization $68, Virtualization only $44. Substantial volume license discounts.

    Pros:
    -- Powerful software management for multiple use cases so that enterprises can configure and deliver a wide variety of applications and situations
    -- Granular virtualization layer technology
    -- Competitive price for the features that are included
    Cons:
    -- Complex setup with multiple moving parts
    -- No common policy management across the various software modules
    -- Multiple management consoles for each software module