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Symantec And Tivoli Discuss Creation Of Cross-Platform Interoperability Between Tme 10 And Norton Administrator Suite

Two companies discussing collaboration to embed new Management Services Broker (MSB) technology in Symantec Norton Administrator Suite; Symantec joins 10/Plus Association

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- September 20, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced that the company is currently engaged in discussions with Tivoli about providing seemless integration between their products. Although the parties have not signed any agreement, the intent would be to embed the new Management Services Broker (MSB) technology in Symantec's popular Norton Administrator Suite and support the 10/Plus interfaces in both products.

The discussions target mutual customers with the ability to bridge the gap between Symantec tools for local and distributed intranet solutions and Tivoli's TME 10 for network computing management, encompassing the mainfram to the desktop. It is anticipated that the interlocking of the products would allow network administrators to transparently connect Symantec's Norton Administrator Suite and Tivoli's TME 10 for automation of key management processes that span the two products, thereby saving time, reducing cost and eliminating error-prone repetition.

"Today's networks are growing in both size and complexity and the entire network is now mission critical," said Ted Schlein, vice president of Networking and Client/Server Technology at Symantec. "Symantec and Tivoli share many customers who need solutions that will enable them to manage their networks from the desktop to the mainframe. We anticipate that the Management Services Broker technology would provide the cross-platform interoperability these customers require."

"We are pleased to work with Symantec to bring the capabilities of Norton Administrator Suite to our customers," said Frank Moss, CEO of Tivoli Systems. "Norton Administrator Suite integrates a wide array of features to proactively prevent problems on PC servers and desktops. It's a great fit with Tivoli's cross-platform, enterprise management environment, TME 10."

It is anticipated that Symantec would embed a runtime version of the MSB in every version of Norton Administrator Suite. This would enable base platform interoperability and a two-way exchange of management data that supports the three major cross platform processes that are the cornerstone of most end-to-end management architectures: software delivery and installation, discovery and query of configuration and inventory data, and event instrumentation and notification. As an anticipated result, customers would be able to schedule software to be distributed to TME 10 and Norton Administrator Suite managed desktops and inventory collected will be available to TME 10. It is anticipated that the TME 10 console would be equipped with a feature that would allow administrators to automatically establish connections with all Norton Administrator Suite management servers in the WAN environment.

Additionally, Symantec is joining Tivoli's 10/Plus Association. The 10/Plus Association is a grouping of Tivoli partners that define and implement management interfaces in particular management disciplines.

Norton Administrator Suite is the ideal tool for administering large, distributed, heterogeneous networks. A suite of integrated tools provides centralized administration of a wide range of functions. Norton Administrator Suite is flexible and scaleable. Hierarchical structure allows parent-child architecture, with multi-site data roll-up for centralized management of LANs or WANs.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning product development efforts by Symantec. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are factors relating to technical feasibility, the ability to reach agreement with Tivoli concerning the agreement anticipated by the statements above, market acceptance, customer demand for specific features and products, anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, and the competitive environment in the software industry. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Proxy Statement dated October 17, 1995, the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending June 28, 1996.

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Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company’s global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

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