CUPERTINO, Calif. – Dec. 13, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton Ghost for NetWare 2.0, the fastest NetWare deployment solution for hardware migration and PC recovery. Norton Ghost for NetWare reduces total cost of ownership by minimizing the time administrators spend setting up, rolling out, upgrading, and restoring NetWare servers. Norton Ghost for NetWare is a superior server imaging, copying, and maintenance tool that can reduce NetWare-related expenses and downtime by significant margins.
According to reports from Gartner Group and Forrester Research, MIS departments spend 50 percent of their time installing software and performing upgrades, accounting for a significant portion of the total cost of PC/server ownership. Corporations spend approximately $9,000 to $12,000 per user per year on installing, configuring, and tuning new servers as well as regularly adjusting existing servers and network infrastructure. Norton Ghost for NetWare can help system administrators significantly reduce network- related costs by providing an efficient tool that clones entire NetWare disks, partitions, volumes, volume segments, and files.
"With Norton Ghost for NetWare, we were able to convert our main enterprise server - more than 22GBs of data which supports more than 10,000 employees - in less than seven hours," said Mike Christiansen, senior network analyst, Baptist St. Vincent¹s. "We saved more than 20 hours on this one server and several thousand dollars in labor across our enterprise by using Norton Ghost for NetWare, it was well worth it."
Manually installing a NetWare server can take several hours, and manually installing multiple NetWare servers can add up to days and weeks. Norton Ghost for NetWare allows administrators to set up a single NetWare server, image the drive, and populate that image across a networked environment. With Norton Ghost for NetWare, system administrators can install a single server in 15 minutes and multiple servers in a day.
Using Norton Ghost for NetWare for hardware migration results in even more dramatic savings. Because NetWare cannot recognize when additional drives are placed in a server, manual methods of upgrading typically involve a multi-step process requiring between two and three days per server. Costs multiply exponentially when upgrades involve more than a single server. Manually upgrading 20 servers, for example, can take up to 50 hours per server. With its unique ability to resize NetWare partitions and expand NetWare volumes, Norton Ghost for NetWare circumvents the complete reloading of NetWare on the new hardware, thereby reducing the effort to hours rather than days.
Norton Ghost for NetWare is also an efficient disaster recovery tool. Traditionally, when a NetWare server goes down, IS must reinstall NetWare, load a tape backup utility and associated drivers, and restore the server from tape. This process can take up to 15 hours. Ghost for NetWare can restore a NetWare server in as little as 30 minutes by pulling the original image and configuration of the server from a safe media such as another server, CD-ROM, JAZ drive, SCSI tape, or ZIP drive.
Pricing and Availability
Norton Ghost for NetWare is available now. Pricing is based on site licenses. A list of authorized resellers is available on Symantec's Website at www.symantec.com.
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