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Customers and Partners Worldwide Voice Support for Symantec and VERITAS Merger

Combined Company Focuses on Customers' Top IT Issues: Information Security and Availability.
CUPERTINO, Calif. - July 5, 2005 - Customers and partners of Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) continue to voice strong support for the Symantec-VERITAS merger, specifically highlighting the benefit of having a single source for industry-leading solutions to help secure and manage critical information assets. The combined company's product and service offerings, coupled with the expertise of its global partner community, are uniquely positioned to deliver information security and availability solutions across all major IT platforms to all customers -- consumers, small businesses, large organizations, and service providers.

Customers Praise Union of Software Industry Leaders

Symantec will provide its customers with a broad range of storage and security solutions at every tier of the enterprise. Customers around the world look forward to having a single vendor that can meet their security and storage needs and help reduce the complexity and cost of managing their IT infrastructures.
The Chicago Board of Trade has been driving the standard in futures trading since 1848. The exchange has standardized on VERITAS products for storage management and data protection across its enterprise and uses Symantec information security solutions to protect its critical trading applications and customer information.
"The commodities and futures markets are fiercely competitive and both VERITAS and Symantec have helped keep the Chicago Board of Trade ahead of the competition," said Mark Dixon, vice president of technical services, Chicago Board of Trade. "From a leadership perspective, we have a great deal of confidence in the merger of these two companies. The integration of the two product lines and management teams will better meet our needs as an enterprise customer and we look forward to working with Symantec to help secure and manage our most critical data."

Strategic Partners Voice Support for Symantec

The technology industry's leaders look forward to continuing a long history of collaboration with Symantec to build, market, and support solutions that will ultimately help customers cost-effectively and efficiently manage heterogeneous IT infrastructures.
Symantec and Network Appliance joined forces in 2001 to provide customers with advanced antivirus protection by adding Symantec's award-winning antivirus scanning technology across the NetApp line of storage and content-delivery products. VERITAS and NetApp have a long-standing strategic alliance and recently delivered new, integrated disk-based data protection and data management solutions as a result of a two-year co-development effort.
"The Symantec and VERITAS merger marries data availability and security to provide a very compelling solution for data-hungry and information-driven customers," said Suresh Vasudevan, senior vice president, Product Management and Business Units at Network Appliance. "NetApp customers can benefit tremendously from this merger as we continue to expand our joint solution development and tighten interoperability with existing and future Symantec and VERITAS products."

Global Channel Partners Laud Promise of the New Symantec

With the completion of the merger, channel partners will have new opportunities to deliver greater value to customers through the combined company's industry-leading portfolio of solutions for information security and availability.
CompuCom Systems Inc., a Symantec Enterprise Security Partner, is a recognized leader in helping companies plan, design, implement, and manage multi-vendor industry-standard computing environments.
"Ensuring 24/7/365 availability and security of information -- an irreplaceable asset -- is a challenge faced by most of our clients today. To combat these issues, we help them take a more holistic view of information management," said Mark Dalton, vice president of software sales, CompuCom Systems Inc. "By partnering with Symantec, we are better positioned to address a broader set of needs, add value to the client lifecycle, and establish long-term relationships."
To learn more from Symantec customers and partners, please visit: http://www.symantec.com/merger.

About Symantec

Symantec is the global leader in information security providing a broad range of software, appliances and services designed to help individuals, small and mid-sized businesses, and large enterprises secure and manage their IT infrastructure. Symantec's Norton brand of products is the worldwide leader in consumer security and problem-solving solutions. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 35 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

For More Information Contact:

Gina Sheibley , Customer Public Relations , Symantec Corporation
+ 1 (650) 527 2589 , gina_sheibley@symantec.com


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