By Lisa Coleman
Best known for its Norton line of security products, Symantec recently signed an agreement to acquire PowerQuest, an Orem, UT-based company that specializes in volume imaging and server provisioning. Symantec will incorporate Power-Quest's technology into its Ghost line of products, which provides PC management for software distribution, migration, backup, and disaster recovery.
As a result of this acquisition, there is one less competitor to Symantec's Ghost line of products, says one analyst, but whether Symantec can become a player in storage management software remains to be seen.
The acquisition also provides an integrated approach to security and data management, according to Symantec officials. The deal is expected to be completed by year-end.
Founded in 1993, PowerQuest has 275 employees worldwide. Its products include PartitionMagic, VolumeManager, and ServerMagic for NetWare. The company had no previous partnership with Symantec.
In 2001, PowerQuest introduced the PowerExpert and PowerDeploy storage resource management (SRM) and migration software products, respectively. In 2002, the company debuted storage life-cycle automation management software for automating the creation, protection, recovery, and replication of data using a virtual volume imaging technology called V2i.
PowerQuest also recently announced V2i Protector 2.0 Small Business Edition, a disk-based backup and disaster-recovery software product for Windows servers. The software creates compressed backup images of a server's volumes—including its operating system, settings, and preferences—for restoring system and data volumes or individual files and folders. In addition, PowerQuest released V2i Protector 2.0 Management Console—a centralized console for V2i server and desktop editions. The console allows administrators to plan and configure automated backup schedules for servers, PCs, or laptops.