CUPERTINO, Calif. – Nov. 1, 2006 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced an unmatched combination of affordable solutions aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) fully protect and optimize their Windows-centric environment to safeguard critical information assets. As the largest industry-leading provider of security and availability products for the Windows platform, Symantec delivers proven functionality optimized for small to mid-sized customers, allowing them to cost-effectively scale their business, secure and protect their data, enhance productivity, and leverage their investments in Windows platforms without added complexity.
According to AMI-Partners, a leading market data firm, Symantec offers a comprehensive and proven approach to Windows protection. “New business initiatives like ecommerce allow SMBs to level the playing field and compete in new and innovative ways, but they also require SMBs to strike a balance between information access and security while, at the same time, controlling IT costs. Symantec is simplifying the process for SMBs that are already challenged with IT resource and budget constraints with a broad and proven portfolio of interoperable products,” said Anil Miglani, AMI-Partners.
Keeping data safe, systems up and running, and users productive in today’s information-driven environment has never been more challenging. For SMBs with Windows-centric environments, threats to the security and availability of information and systems can appear in the form of malicious code, vulnerable software, and even natural and manmade disasters. To help SMBs protect against today’s threat landscape, Symantec offers a set of solutions that are easy to acquire, deploy, and manage.
The Symantec SMB product blueprint addresses key needs, including:
- Data Security and Availability: Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec AntiVirus Enterprise Edition, and Symantec Client Security allow an SMB to effectively manage recovery-time requirements, enhance user productivity, and ensure critical data and information is available and secure.
- System Security and Availability: Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, and Symantec pcAnywhere reduce administrative costs and enable efficient management of the IT environment with consistent patch deployment, configuration management, system migration, and server recovery.
- Application Security and Availability: Symantec Mail Security, Symantec Enterprise Vault, and Symantec IM Manager provide best-in-class, comprehensive email security and availability solutions to ensure the protection and accessibility of email and instant message information while reducing costs through more efficient email management.
- Policy Compliance Management: Symantec Bindview Control Compliance Suite, Symantec Enterprise Vault, and Symantec DeepSight Alert Services allow mid-sized organizations to fulfill complex, regulatory compliance regulations and meet industry standards through protection and policy management solutions for Windows environments.
“Through its collection, exhibitions, and online projects, the Museum of the Moving Image educates the public about the creative processes in film, television, and digital media,” said Carl Goodman, deputy director and director of digital media, Museum of the Moving Image. “As we move ahead in providing online access to our important collection, the tools and procedures used to secure our valuable digital assets must be industrial strength. Symantec provides the Museum with critical behind-the-scenes support to safeguard this irreplaceable data across our Windows Environment, and ensure it is protected and recoverable.”
As the fastest growing market segment there is vast opportunity to be realized, with approximately 8.2 million businesses in the United States alone, and according to AMI-Partners 40 million small businesses account for 97 percent of all businesses globally. For Symantec, the partner community provides the most critical conduit into this SMB marketplace. To ensure their success, Symantec is making a 50 percent investment increase in its Symantec Partner Program to create small and mid-market partner tools and training, and an additional 300 percent investment in the company’s partner systems infrastructure.
To help partners looking to grow their services business in the SMB market, Symantec is offering a variety of service enablement tools including in-depth technical training, business case ROI tools, and Symantec Yellow Books which outline customer use case scenarios and implementation best practices. Partners can also work with the Symantec Consulting Services organization to resell custom consulting engagements or Symantec ProLaunch, an on-site consulting services engagement designed to make it easier for customers to realize the full benefits of Symantec products.
“At Prevalent Networks we are focused on serving the needs of SMBs and work as a trusted advisor regarding their evolving IT requirements,” said Jonathan Dambrot, managing director, Prevalent Networks. “Symantec has been a valued partner in helping us address this market segment. Having a single partner that can offer products to address varying levels of risk and business complexity, coupled with top notch performance and support makes us confident in recommending Symantec solutions.”
“Our SMB product blueprint provides a path for SMBs as they grow and scale their business,” said Erna Arnesen, vice president of global SMB, industry and partner marketing for Symantec. “Symantec offers proven, market-leading products and the right support offers to address this growing market segment.”
New Symantec Global System Builder Program
In addition to sales and services training and enablement for our partner community, Symantec is launching a new global channel initiative to further reach both the SMB and consumer market segments. The Global Symantec System Builder Program delivers branded security and availability solutions to system builders with targeted products, market-sensitive pricing, and the training and support required for partner success.
“Symantec’s System Builder Program offers us the opportunity to differentiate our custom white boxes for PC users, home offices, and small businesses,” said Chuck Orcutt, Nextlink business development manager for Seneca Data. “As a result, we can offer our customers built-in value by including the leading security and availability solutions SMBs need to protect their data and information into our customer-ready product.”
The complete Symantec SMB blueprint is available through Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators and can be found at http://www.symantec.com/windowsprotection. Organizations can be connected with Symantec’s resellers and distributors in their areas by visiting the Symantec Solution Provider locator at http://partnerlocator.symantec.com.
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 more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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