Ghost team safe in Symantec acquisition

Symantec's 40-strong Auckland-based Ghost development team should be unaffected by the company's acquisition of US company PowerQuest, which makes a competing disk cloning product.

Symantec’s 40-strong Auckland-based Ghost development team should be unaffected by the company’s acquisition of US company PowerQuest, which makes a competing disk cloning product.

Symantec is buying PowerQuest, one of whose products is Disk Image, for $US150 million, the companies said yesterday.

Thom Bailey, spokesman for the Ghost team, says they’re “not expected to be affected” by the deal.

He says integration teams are being set up to work out how the two companies’ products will be brought together.

“Both products [Ghost and Disk Image] have common features but we’ll pool the strengths of each,” Bailey says. It’s not as “cut and dried” as being able to say one or other product will be discontinued.

Ghost, which Bailey says is the market leader, was created by Auckland company Binary Research, bought by Symantec for $US27.5 million in 1998.

Bailey says PowerQuest has a range of backup and storage management products which Symantec is keen to get its hands on.

A Symantec statement says the deal will combine “market-leading deployment, imaging, provisioning, storage management and disaster recovery technologies” into an offering called “active state management”.

"Active state management is a critical component of the cradle-to-grave management system needed to effectively manage the creation, protection and recovery of servers, desktops, laptops and handhelds," says Symantec president and operations boss John Schwarz, in the statement.

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