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Symantec NetBackup 6.0 Rated Strong Positive in Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software MarketScope Report

NetBackup 6.0 Continues Symantec’s Strong Market Leadership and Innovation

CUPERTINO, Calif. – October 9, 2006 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.0 received the highest possible rating, a “Strong Positive”, in Gartner’s “MarketScope: Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software, 2006¹.” Symantec was one of nine vendors evaluated for the report.

Gartner’s MarketScope report evaluates how vendors measure against criteria for the enterprise backup and recovery market. According to Gartner, vendors must be able to understand buyers’ wants and needs and translate those into products and services. It is also important that a vendor’s approach to product development and delivery emphasizes differentiation, functionality, methodology, and feature set as they map to current and future requirements.

NetBackup 6.0 continues Symantec’s consistent leadership in backup and recovery. In Gartner’s MarketScope assessment vendors are evaluated against six criteria: market understanding, marketing strategy, offering (product) strategy, product/service, market responsiveness and track record, and marketing execution. Vendors who receive a "Strong Positive" rating are considered solid providers of strategic products, services or solutions.

“We believe Gartner’s ‘Strong Positive’ rating confirms that Symantec is not only a leader in the backup and recovery market in terms of market share and customer adoption, but is also a leader in terms of innovation,” said Rick Huebsch, vice president, Symantec Corporation. “Symantec is delivering a true enterprise recovery platform, which customers can standardize on from remote office to desktop to the data center.” According to the Gartner report, “The backup market continues to transform as new recovery technologies provide alternatives to tape backup.”

NetBackup delivers high-performance protection that scales to protect the largest UNIX, Windows, Linux, and NetWare environments. Specifically, the 6.0 release is a major milestone for the NetBackup platform, adding high-value features and functionality including unparalleled leveraging of disk for backup and recovery, integrated disaster recovery capabilities with Bare Metal Restore, and next-generation management with NetBackup Operations Manager. Additionally, NetBackup Pure Disk Remote Office Edition extends the NetBackup platform to protect remote offices centrally.

About the Gartner MarketScope

The MarketScope is copyrighted September 2006 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

¹ Gartner Research, “MarketScope for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software, 2006,” by Dave Russell, Carolyn DiCenzo, September 16, 2006

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