Altiris speaks in terms of "lifecycle management," by which it means managing your IT-related assets throughout their useful term of operation. This is enabled by the provision of a core Notification Server, to which might be added a Server Provisioning Suite, a Client Management Suite , (CMS), and an Asset Management Suite, (AMS). The Altiris brochure also describes a utility named the Wise Package Studio which, as you might expect, provides for software distribution.
This solution offers a suite of products under an asset management banner, comprising inventory, app- lication metering, asset control, contract management and TCO management. Support for Mac OS has recently been added.
This solution provides remote installation, backup and restore capabilities from a central console. Altiris Client Recovery Solution ensures that users can be back at work swiftly should they experience a system crash or virus damage. It requires 30Mb of hard disk space and a minimum of 150MHz processor power on the client side, with server requirements stretching to 350MHz processor, 100Gb hard disk, 128Mb RAM, Microsoft SQL 7.0 and IE 5.0 all running on Windows 2000 Server.