With an eye on expanding its presence in the services market, US giant Nortel Networks announced plans last week to offer a new set of software aimed at helping application service providers (ASP) remotely manage PCs and applications over the Web.
To bolster that offering, the networking vendor has acquired Epicon, a US-based software provider.
Under a new service offering called Preside Managed Applications Services Platform, Nortel will offer a software package that's intended to provide ASPs with a common platform for managing their operations.
Epicon, which Nortel plans to acquire for $US275 million in stock, develops Altis, an application delivery and management application suite targeted at ASPs.
Nortel executives said it will make Epicon's application management product, which monitors and tracks application usage on a range of applications, available to partner ASPs.
"The Internet is the key component here and changes the way we think about applications and desktops," said Jack Sweeney, Epicon's CEO, in a teleconference last week. "The fact that everyone's desktop is so volatile and everyone's desktop is so different, we had to create technology that allowed us to monitor the desktop and its configurations and communicate from the desktop to the server."