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Symantec’s Veritas NetBackup 6.5 Demonstrates Leadership and Innovation with Comprehensive Data Protection for VMware Environments

Market-Leading Data Protection Platform Honored with Best of VMworld Gold Award for Data Protection

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Sept. 19, 2007 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Veritas NetBackup 6.5, the newest version of Symantec’s market-leading data protection platform was presented with the Best of VMworld Gold Award for Data Protection and Security at the VMworld 2007 conference in San Francisco last week. Winners were selected from more than 100 exhibitors at the conference, which was sponsored by VMware, the world leader in virtualization.

NetBackup was selected from an independent team of judges consisting of experts and editors from SearchServerVirtualization.com and honored for its innovative solutions for data protection in VMware environments, which delivers granular file-level and image-level recovery from a single backup operation, as well as deduplication for VMware Infrastructure backups. This comprehensive approach enables fast, low-impact VMware Infrastructure backups that dramatically reduce server, network, and storage requirements for data protection, and provides unparallelled improvement in recovery time and reliability.

“As enterprises increasingly deploy virtual servers, maintaining an optimal data protection strategy will be paramount to ensuring the availability of corporate data,” said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Data Centers require the same level of protection for virtual machines as physical machines. Not only should they ensure that data is backed up quickly and without incident, data should be easily recoverable – and users should have the option to restore everything from individual files to the entire virtual machine.”

NetBackup Speeds Recovery for Virtual Machines

NetBackup 6.5 addresses the growing popularity of virtualization by delivering a breakthrough solution capable of granular file-level and image-level recovery from a single backup, and deduplication for backing up VMware environments. NetBackup leverages VMware Consolidated Backup to guarantee consistency and remove the backup burden from the primary VMware ESX Server host.

VMware Infrastructure backups can be performed to tape or disk, and can apply NetBackup PureDisk for deduplication and replication of that backup data. By deduplicating the backup data prior to transmission, the processor, network, and storage resources required for the backup process is reduced by one or more orders of magnitude. This comprehensive approach enables fast, low-impact VMware Infrastructure backups with dramatically reduced backup windows and recovery times.

“Virtualization is proving to be a game changing technology in the enterprise data center and organizations need a comprehensive solution to protect corporate data housed on virtual machines,” said Martin Ward, director, product marketing, NetBackup product group, Symantec. “Symantec’s support for VMware environments with NetBackup 6.5 enables fast, low-impact VMware Infrastructure backups and data deduplication, while providing exceptional flexibility to restore the entire virtual machine or individual files.”

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

About SearchServerVirtualization.com

SearchServerVirtualization.com is a leading server virtualization resource for system architects and IT managers published by TechTarget. The site's editors, resident experts and news writers help IT organizations determine if virtualization is appropriate for them, and helps those who have adopted the technology to use it to its greatest effect. SearchServerVirtualization.com provides access to the latest news, articles, tips, expert advice, learning guides, white papers, and webcasts covering all areas of server virtualization, including virtualization platforms, server hardware, managing virtual environments, virtualization architectures and strategies, and application issues.

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