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Altiris acquires Carbon Copy from Compaq

Altiris, which makes software for managing PCs in networks, has purchased the file transfer software product Carbon Copy from Compaq Computer, the company announced on 27 April.

According to US company Altiris, Carbon Copy allows users on one PC to remotely control and transfer files on another PC over a network or dial-up connection. Altiris said Carbon Copy will enhance the remote management properties of its eXpress 5 product.

Altiris will continue to market the software as a standalone product, as well as continuing support for customers who already own the product. It also plans to incorporate the technology into future releases of Altiris software.

The company's flagship product, eXpress, allows users to create a system image of a PC and perform tasks such as cloning and creating self-extracting files. The software is intended to help businesses lower the cost of PC ownership.

Altiris said it plans to keep all Carbon Copy employees and establish a sales and development team in the US. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last year, Compaq announced that it would be shipping Altiris Software on iPaq computers to help IS managers automate the setup of PCs.

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