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Symantec Streamlines Security Biz

Cuts investment in its hardware business amid plans for next-gen security software

Symantec is the latest IT supplier to overhaul its business model. It looks to be a trend that could pave the way for new all-singing, all-dancing security software from the vendor.

Today, Symantec confirmed its plans to reduce investment in its Gateway Security family of appliances as well as in its Network Security 7100 device and its Advanced Manager 3.0 hardware offerings.

In an email, a Symantec spokesman explained that the vendor will continue to sell and support these products. "However, we have changed our strategy on how we’ll deliver these technologies," he asserted. "Instead of designing the hardware ourselves, we’ll look to partners to help us do that."

The Gateway Security hardware represents just half of Symantec's security appliances, which include its Mail Security, Network Access Control Enforcer, and Security Information Manager products. The Symantec spokesman confirmed that these offerings will be unchanged by the vendor's decision to cut its Gateway Security hardware investments.

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— James Rogers, Senior Editor, Byte and Switch

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