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Symantec has made its new O3 cloud identity and access control suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMIs), the company's first foray into selling software as a hosted virtual machine.

AMIs are virtual machines that are listed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace and can be deployed to AWS' EC2 cloud computing service. Often named “virtual appliances” because they can be dropped into a virtualised environment and switched on as if they were physical appliances, this mode of software deployment has become quite common among vendors. Several offer their wares for sale on the marketplace in this way.

Bruce Ong, O3's Senior Product Manager, feels Symantec feels it may be taking the concept a step further, as O3 is typically sold as a managed service. The AMI version of the suite is also managed, as Symantec updates the AMI as needed to counter new threats or improve the suite. Customers therefore get automatic updates

Symantec is also experimenting with AMIs for Symantec Endpoint Protection and Veritas Storage Foundation Basic. Both are currently in beta. ®

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