Chevron To Deploy Norton Speed Disk On 30,000 Machines Worldwide
Symantec Works With Chevron to Improve Worldwide Windows NT Performance
CUPERTINO, Calif. Sept. 15, 1999 - Symantec Corporation Nasdaq: (SYMC)
announced today that Chevron will deploy the new Norton Speed Disk 5.0 for
Windows NT on 30,000 workstations and servers, as part of the petroleum and
chemical giant's strategy to improve the efficiency and productivity of its
worldwide NT network. Chevron adopted Windows NT as its enterprise standard for
30,000 desktops and notebooks in 1997 and began using Norton Speed Disk in 1998.
In April 1999, a desire to further improve network efficiency and user
productivity resulted in Chevron assisting Symantec in the design of Norton Speed
Disk 5.0 for Windows NT, by testing developmental versions and providing feedback
on functionality and suitability for corporate networks. Chevron was one of 50
companies that tested the product during its development.
Norton Speed Disk 5.0 is administered from a centralized management console and
is the first utility to completely optimize Windows NT volumes online without
requiring a system reboot or requiring other applications, such as anti-virus, to
be turned off.
"Hard disk fragmentation has been a real issue for us," says Mike Wolfe, a senior
engineer at Chevron who is responsible for desktop and notebook configuration.
"After three months of normal use, it is not unusual to see (on average) at least
a 20 percent fragmentation, which results in a significant performance hit."
He adds: "One of the benefits of Norton Speed Disk for NT, and something we very
strongly recommended during the product's development, is that end users can run
the optimization tool without involving the systems administrator and tying up IS
resources. The fact that the product can be used without the end user having to
re-boot is another major advantage."
According to Wolfe, the Symantec solution has resulted in improved performance in
terms of faster boot up times and application launches. "If one of our people
visits a prospective customer they might only have a few minutes to get their
message across. Being able to boot up their computer and run their presentation
more quickly means they can make more effective use of their time," says Wolfe.
Norton Speed Disk is one of several Symantec products that Chevron has
standardized upon across its network. The company also has enterprise-wide
licenses for Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus. "We see Symantec as a
business partner rather than as a supplier," says Wolfe. "We definitely get more
out of the relationship that way."
Chevron's adoption of Norton AntiVirus protected the company from the recent
Melissa virus. "We worked with Symantec to ensure that the first time our end
users logged onto the network after the virus had struck, they were automatically
updated with a definition fix," says Wolfe. "That partnership paid off big for
us. We were quickly able to minimize the effects of the Melissa infection at
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology
solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop
computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market
and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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