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Symantec Announces 100% JDBC Compliant dbANYWHERE Server for Java Applications

Middleware provides Internet-browser access to multiple database engines; connects thin-client Java applets to existing corporate databases using JDBC

CUPERTINO, Calif. --February 24, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) announced today the availability of dbANYWHERE Server, a robust middleware database technology that lets JavaTM programs access corporate databases over the Internet using 100% JDBC compliant API. This exciting middleware solution allows developers to create data-connected portable distributed applications without the need to install database drivers on client systems.

dbANYWHERE Server manages transactions between the client and various back-end database servers, providing swift, simple access to information in large-scale databases. dbANYWHERE Server is available with direct database drivers for Oracle, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server. With third-party ODBC drivers, dozens of other databases can be supported through the ODBC Link Driver, giving customers the freedom of database choice. Users need only a Java-enabled browser to access the information.

"On the heels of Symantec's immense success with Café and Visual Café, we are pleased to be offering a fully JDBC compliant middleware application server for Intranet/Internet database connectivity. dbANYWHERE Server adds a critical component that rounds out our full complement of Java tools," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "The real power lies in the solutions that customers can now create using various database engines and software."

"We are thrilled that Symantec has released dbANYWHERE Server. Fleet Bank evaluated several middleware database products on the market and found Symantec's product to be the best product for developing our online commercial banking applications," said Patrick Nadeau, Sr. Systems Staff Specialist, Fleet Bank. "The dbANYWHERE product provides true functionality and excellent database connectivity to Java applications which was a requirement for our project."

"Symantec has provided a terrific Java development environment including dbANYWHERE Server to help us develop our Human Resource Intranet Tools," said David Whitney, President and CEO for Austin-Hayne Corporation. "Symantec's tools are our top pick for developing database connected intranet resources."

How It Works
dbANYWHERE Server, which runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT, manages the transactions between the client and back-end database servers. A client connection is maintained to each database to which the dbANYWHERE Server is attached. dbANYWHERE Server can access the supported databases anywhere in the network.

Pricing And Availability
dbANYWHERE Server is expected to be available February 28, 1997 directly from Symantec at (800) 441-7234 for US $1,495.95 for the base product, which includes one specific driver. Additional drivers can also be purchased for US $495.95. Visual Café Pro users can crossgrade for US $1,195.95. dbANYWHERE Server ships with fully licensed drivers for Sybase SQL Anywhere, Microsoft Access and one additional driver, such as Oracle 7.x and Personal Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server or the ODBC Link Driver. The customer may select which additional driver they need at the time of purchase.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java, is the de facto standard platform for network computing.

About Symantec Corporation
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.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. 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 the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 27, 1996.

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