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Symantec Introduces First Utility to Completely Optimize Windows NT Volumes Online

Easy to Administer via Centralized Management Console, Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT Performs Thorough Optimization Without Rebooting System or Turning Off Other Services

Cupertino, Calif, August 2, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT, the most efficient and manageable NT optimization tool to keep servers and workstations running at peak performance. Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT is the first utility to completely optimize Windows NT volumes online without a system reboot. Easy to administer via a centralized management console, Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT offers corporations a unique, cost-effective solution for optimizing Windows NT drives without requiring a system reboot and without turning off other services such as anti-virus software. As a result, Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT maintains system stability while improving system performance and throughput.

³Symantec has 15 years of experience delivering the most intelligent tools that keeps systems running,² said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec¹s Security and Assistance Business Unit. ³Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT is the first and only NT optimization tool that improves system performance by completely optimizing NT volumes.²

³Windows 2000-ready solutions such as Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT are definitely valuable for leveraging the power, security, and ease-of-use of the new operating system and to maximize the performance of Windows 2000 systems,² said Tod Nielsen, vice president, Developer Division Marketing, Microsoft Corporation.

Subsequent releases of Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT are planned to be Windows 2000-ready. Companies who purchase Upgrade Insurance will receive the Windows 2000-ready version if it is released during the term of their Upgrade Insurance.

Other utilities on the market simply defragment Windows NT volumes, rearranging the way the file content is organized so that the data in each file is stored in contiguous disk clusters. Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT goes a critical step farther and optimizes drives as well, arranging defragmented files in such a way that your most important or frequently accessed files are at the beginning, which makes those files more quickly accessible, saving you valuable time. As a result, Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT results in significant improvements in system performance.

³By standardizing on Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT on all NT workstations and servers, PeopleSoft is taking a proactive approach to ensuring that these mission-critical systems maintain a high level of performance. We couldn¹t live without it,² said Wes Clark, manager of Application Environments at PeopleSoft.

Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT is the first product able to completely optimize Windows NT online without a system reboot. The product defragments and optimizes directories, the Master File Table (MFT), page files, files and meta data. The first time Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT is run, the utility arranges the drive¹s contents in the most optimal order. Once Norton Speed Disk arranges the drives for optimal performance, each subsequent optimization is completed quickly and efficiently.

Competitors¹ products don¹t provide the full breadth of capabilities in Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT. These products don¹t optimize the MFT or meta data on or offline. In addition, they require systems to go offline through a reboot or to halt other services such as anti-virus programs during defragmentation. Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT optimizes online without a system reboot. As a result, administrators can increase uptime and increase the performance of the system without any system downtime.

Administrators can easily manage Norton Speed Disk from a central management console using Norton System Center. Installation and updating, configuration and lockdown, scheduling, event logging, alerts, and automated actions combine to provide a comprehensive, out-of-the-box solution. Administrators can also schedule Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT to save time and money.

Because Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT provides administrators a proactive tool for monitoring and maintaining Windows NT system performance, it also helps reduce calls to the helpdesk as users no longer experience unacceptable levels of performance from their desktops and servers. Systems administrators, in turn, are free to address more strategic issues and IS managers are able to more easily maintain their Service Level Agreements. System optimization also results in increased time and cost savings as administrators are able to use Norton Speed Disk to leverage their existing Windows NT infrastructure investment rather than simply buying, installing, and maintaining more disk space.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT will be available in August. Site license pricing for Windows NT Workstations is $33 per node for 100 workstations. Site license pricing for Windows NT Servers is $249 per server for 10 servers.

About Symantec
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop computers and other mobile devices.

The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations

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