Symantec Joins MSP Association, Defining Standards For Management Service Provider Sector
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 3, 2000
- Symantec Corp, (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced
that it has joined the MSP Association, an international consortium of companies
formed to define, shape and promote the emerging Management Service Provider
The Massachusetts-based MSP Association, launched in June at PC Expo in New York,
will define and promote the management service provider industry by providing a
forum for discussion of industry issues, creating market education programs,
sponsoring industry research and defining standards and best practices.
The formation of the MSP Association is yet another indicator of how the Internet
is changing the way companies manage their key assets by enabling them to
outsource the management of their IT infrastructure. As a leader in Internet
security, Symantec is eager to work with these management service providers to
ensure that they can promise their customers a secure environment and an
infrastructure that is protected from virus threats, malicious code and hacker
"We are delighted to be part of the MSP Association, and we are looking forward
to working with other industry leaders to help identify and define the security
requirements necessary for the industry to quickly reach its potential," said
Dana Siebert, executive vice president and general manager of Symantec's Service
Provider Solutions Division. "Working with other MSP Association industry
leaders, we believe this organization will accelerate the adoption of open
standards and quickly define the best practices for this important and emerging
MSP companies deliver information technology (IT) infrastructure management
services over a network to multiple customers on a subscription basis. MSPs
operate similarly to Application Service Providers (ASPs) in that they deliver
services via a network that are billed to their clients. Unlike ASPs, which
deliver business applications to end users, MSPs deliver system management
services, such as resource monitoring and reporting, to IT departments and other
customers who manage their own technology assets.
Recently, the association held its first Board of Directors meeting and elected
officers: Chairman, Linda Shannon-Hills of HP OpenView; President, Michael
Coffield of Nuclio; Vice President, Skip MacAskill of Silverback; and
Secretary-Treasurer, Michael Gnoinski of ManageIT. Five working committees --
Education, Technology, Research, Membership and Best Practices -- have been
formed to move forward the association's initiatives.
Companies interested in furthering awareness and growth of the MSP industry and
in shaping its direction are invited to join the MSP Association. There are two
levels of consortium participation available - Executive and Associate membership
- with corresponding annual dues and privileges.
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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