Altiris, Inc. today announced the new Altiris® Asset Management Suite™ 6.0. The unique suite now provides new features to help companies discover and manage IT assets to uncover and eliminate hidden costs, streamline processes, and achieve optimal return on IT investments.

Poul Nielsen, Altiris VP of marketing and product strategy, said, “Altiris Asset Management Suite 6.0 pioneers active IT asset management and further distinguishes Altiris from the competition. In today’s economy, companies are tasked to reduce IT costs while IT expenditures continue to grow as a percentage of overall capital costs. To help organizations gain control of IT costs, Asset Management Suite tracks IT assets to determine relocation opportunities, promotes accurate purchasing decisions, proactively manages vendor contracts and supports assets to ensure they are fully leveraged within the enterprise.”

The new suite simplifies a breadth and depth of native functionality through a project-based, extensible architecture, enhanced security, and shortcuts to the most common tasks. The suite now also includes updates such as:

* Increased per-server node support and more efficient data processing
for added enterprise scalability

* Altiris Adaptive Display Technology includes role and scope-based
security that allows Altiris to create out-of-the-box IT user roles
for a unique user experience based on job responsibilities

* Streamlined usability and the ability to change asset details on the
fly saves administration time

* Parent / child asset relationships allow IT organizations to better
understand the risk of change within an environment while assigning
costs to collections of assets

* While most help desk applications track incidents, Altiris Helpdesk
Smart Tasks resolve incidents. Available from the incident record,
integrated incident resolution tools monitor system performance,
recover lost data, create and distribute software packages, and
provide remote control within a single console and incident record

* New knowledge management within Altiris Helpdesk Solution™ now
includes 3rd party content for reduced incident resolution time and
increased help desk productivity

* Within a new end user self-help portal, employees can search for
incident resolutions, open a service request or log an incident to
ultimately reduce service desk overhead and to free time for strategic
IT projects

According to Gartner research, “Enterprises that have approached configuration management and asset management separately, and have an overlap of inventory, will have redundant data and will require additional processes and people to coordinate accurate reporting. If projects are approached together, enterprises will gain efficiencies in process and staffing, where tool integration can be achieved between asset and configuration management solutions.”*

Station Casinos uses Altiris Helpdesk Solution as the hub of an IT organization that also leverages integrated Altiris client and IT asset management solutions to automate problem resolution while helping to drive down the cost of owning and supporting IT assets. (For more information see the Altiris press release entitled ‘Las Vegas Casinos and Gaming Industry Hit the Jackpot with Altiris.’)

Licensing and availability

The Altiris 6 infrastructure is now available. Altiris Asset Management Suite 6.0 is expected to be available this month. Existing customers with current annual upgrade protection can download and install new Altiris 6 releases at no additional cost. Altiris Asset Management Suite 6.0 is available starting at an MSRP of $30 per node with volume discounts available. Contract, asset control, TCO management and help desk components of the suite are now sold under a new concurrent-use license allowing unlimited management of assets. For more information or to contact your local Altiris representative, please visit