Cupertino, Calif. June 7, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today that America's leading health organization, Kaiser Permanente has selected Norton Ghost as a key element of a strategy to upgrade its worldwide network to become Year 2000 compliant.
Kaiser Permanente, which is headquartered in Oakland, California, will use its license for 20,000 units of Norton Ghost as part of a Year 2000 compliancy program. A key element of Kaiser Permanente's Year 2000 compliancy strategy is to replace 15,000-20,000 PCs nationwide and is using Symantec's market leading disk-cloning software to distribute replacement PCs with a standard software configuration set.
Norton Ghost works by creating an identical image of a hard disk drive, effectively taking a 'snapshot' of all the files - including hidden, visible and system files that make up the operating system, applications and configurations settings. This image can then be copied simultaneously to any number of servers, to create completely identical installations. Norton Ghost enables increased productivity by allowing multiple workstations to be installed at the same time.
"Our Year 2000 compliancy program is placing huge demands on our IS resources," says Brian Birch, National Desktop Infrastructure Manager. Norton Ghost means we can distribute new hardware that is ready to use more quickly and maximize IS resources."
About Norton Ghost
Norton Ghost enables users to copy the entire contents of one disk to another or to a disk image file. They can, in turn, use the image file as a template to create copies of the original disk. Norton Ghost reduces the time to install a typical 300MB Windows 95 system from an hour-with substantial operator input-to just five minutes-with no operator input required. Multicast allows multiple workstations to be installed at the same time, which further improves efficiency. Norton Ghost can make complete backups of disks, even copying "in-use" system files that are missed by other backup utilities.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading health care organization. Founded in 1945, it is a nonprofit, group-practice prepayment program with headquarters in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of 8.6 million members in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser Permanente has a long history of conducting clinical research in many health areas, which benefits its members and the health of the public nationally. The Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center was founded in 1985 and has been instrumental in the evaluation and licensure of several vaccines.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec products and solutions help make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.
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