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Symantec calls halt to hardware appliance production

Tash Shifrin

Security firm Symantec is to withdraw from designing its own hardware appliances in a shake-up that will see 80 staff laid off.

The move, announced internally as a change of investment strategy, will see Symantec refocus on security management and services, cutting investment in its Symantec Gateway Security, Symantec Network Security 7100 and SGS Advanced Manager 3.0 appliances.

In a statement, the security firm said, “We will continue to sell and support these products across all go to market routes.” Symantec would also continue to develop the “key content technologies” used in the appliances.

But it added, “However, we have changed our strategy on how we’ll deliver these technologies. We will pursue a different hardware solution – instead of designing the hardware ourselves, we’ll look to partners to help us do that.”

A spokesperson confirmed that the shake-up would bring “approximately 80” job losses.


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