Aramark, Commonwealth Edison, BankBoston and Texas Utilities Rely on Symantec to Provide Anti-Virus Protection
Companies to replace IBM AntiVirus on more than 40,000 seats worldwide
Cupertino, Calif,. - March 16, 1999 - Symantec Corporation
(Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today that it has been appointed by ARAMARK, Commonwealth Edison,
BankBoston and Texas Utilities to provide anti-virus protection for networks totaling more than
40,000 desktops and 1,000 servers across the world.
Texas Utilities began transitioning to Norton AntiVirus in August 1998 and anticipates completing
the roll-out by the end of 1999. ARAMARK, the world-leader in providing managed services, has
already converted its Philadelphia, PA head office to Norton AntiVirus and expects to complete its
migration during the fall. The company has also purchased a license for 5,100 units of pcANYWHERE,
Symantec's leading remote connectivity solution, to help deliver its helpdesk solution across its
Commonwealth Edison says it expects to begin its conversion to Norton AntiVirus later this year, as
does BankBoston which will use the Symantec software across its entire retail banking organization
including all branches, telephone banking centers and automatic teller machines.
In May 1998, Symantec and IBM joined forces to deliver a single family of anti-virus products under
the Norton AntiVirus brand name. As part of this agreement, IBM assigned its existing customers and
OEM contracts to Symantec for transitioning to Norton AntiVirus. In September, Symantec also
announced that it had purchased Intel's anti-virus business and licensed a number of Intel's systems
So far, Symantec has gained commitments from more than 4,000 companies representing over two million
seats worldwide to transition to Norton AntiVirus from IBM AntiVirus and has developed services to
deliver a smooth transition for customers. The service combines tools, such as unobtrusive
uninstall/reinstall utilities, with on-site training and assistance from transition consultants.
Scott Hedrick, vice president of technology infrastructure at ARAMARK said: "We are pleased with the
way the technology is performing on desktops and servers. Viruses from email attachments are the
main potential source of infection and Norton AntiVirus is proving to be very effective at catching
viruses at that level before they can infect desktop systems."
He continued: "The single extensible engine in Norton AntiVirus and the frequent provision of virus
definitions means our protection is up to date, and the software appears to be very easy to use,
manage and administer. So far our migration from IBM AntiVirus to Norton AntiVirus has been smooth
and without incident."
Carole Rodenstein, infrastructure technology manager at BankBoston added: "Keeping our network free
of viruses is critical to our business. We expect that the Norton AntiVirus solution will not only
protect our network from viruses, but be easy to manage and administer as well."
Unlike other anti-virus products, the single engine architecture in Norton AntiVirus enables
companies to distribute virus definitions and engine updates across multiple platforms without
having to reinstall the application. All Norton AntiVirus engines come from a single code-base so
that modifications or updates to the engine in response to new viruses or strains of virus can be
applied by customers across multiple platforms in a single, cost-efficient deployment as part of the
LiveUpdate process to install new virus definitions.
Not only does the single engine architecture reduce IS management time and cost, it also ensures
that Norton AntiVirus users benefit from fast response to new threats, such as the Remote Explorer,
Ethan1912 and Caligula viruses as they emerge.
Dana Siebert, Symantec's executive vice president sales, marketing and support, adds: "Symantec's
corporate anti-virus business is growing strongly. These companies are among 4,000 new corporate
customers that have either transitioned or committed to transition to Norton AntiVirus as a result
of our alliance with IBM. We are very pleased to be working with such prestigious organizations."
About Norton AntiVirus
The Norton AntiVirus product line includes a multi-tier strategy that integrates a powerful
anti-virus solution at desktops, servers, groupware servers, Internet e-mail gateways and firewalls
to provide users with the most comprehensive virus detection and repair. The products provide users
the security of knowing they have the most complete protection available, whether downloading files
from the Internet, opening e-mail attachments or accessing floppy disks.
ARAMARK, a $6.4 billion employee-owned and operated company, is the leading provider of managed
services, including food and support services, uniforms and career apparel, and child care and
private elementary education. ARAMARK has over 150,000 employees serving 15 million customers at
500,000 locations in 11 countries every day.
About Commonwealth Edison
With more than $7 billion in revenue in 1998, Unicom, based in Chicago and incorporated in 1994, is
the parent holding company of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). ComEd is engaged in the production,
purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to wholesale and retail customers. The
utility provides service to over 3.4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state's population.
BankBoston (NYSE: BKB), with assets of $73.5 billion and some 25,000 employees, is the nation's
oldest commercial bank and New England's only global bank. BankBoston is engaged in consumer and
business banking in New England; delivering sophisticated financial solutions to corporation and
governments nationally and internationally; and full-service banking in leading Latin American
markets. The Corporation's common stock is listed on the New York and Boston stock exchanges.
About Texas Utilities
Texas Utilities Company is one of the largest investor-owned energy service companies, with assets
of approximately $40 billion and approximately 9 million customers worldwide. It is engaged in
domestic and international electric and natural gas utility services, energy marketing,
telecommunications, and other energy-related services.
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