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Symantec Backup Exec 12 Delivers Certified Data Protection for New, Existing Windows Systems

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Feb. 19, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Symantec Backup Exec 12 for Windows Servers, the market standard in Windows data protection–€”from server to desktop–€”delivering disk-to-disk-to-tape backup and fast, efficient recovery. Backup Exec 12 introduces certified and optimized support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, enhanced granular recovery of critical application data and extended platform protection. Backup Exec 12 now integrates with market leading Symantec solutions including the unique ThreatCon global security alerting system, Enterprise Vault to protect email archives and the new Symantec Protection Network for accessing offsite storage. Backup Exec 12 also introduces faster backup and restore of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint environments as well as support for non-Microsoft environments.

"With each new Microsoft release, Symantec's Backup Exec has helped us keep the critical flight information on our Microsoft servers and applications protected to ensure we can maintain a high level of service to our travelers," said Barbara Hutchinson, executive director, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Authority. "Backup Exec 12 provides unmatched data protection and will enable us to recover important data from any system quickly and painlessly, reducing the time and resources spent managing backup and recovery jobs. Ensuring we have the latest version of Backup Exec is critical to helping us maximize the efficiency of our very small staff."

Backup Exec 12 for Windows Servers – the first backup and recovery software logo-certified for Windows Server 2008 – provides proven, efficient, disk-to-disk-to-tape backup and recovery for Windows-centric environments. Delivering optimized data protection for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 plus true continuous data protection for file servers, workstations, and Microsoft Exchange and SQL Servers, Backup Exec 12 enables organizations to restore data to a point in time to help meet strict recovery point objectives. Backup Exec 12 rapidly restores data from a single pass backup with patent-pending Granular Recovery Technology, which obviates the need to run mailbox backups to recover individual Exchange emails, and makes it easy to restore SharePoint, SharePoint Services, and Active Directory data–from documents to user attributes and properties–€”in seconds.

New, innovative integration with other market leading Symantec products further enhances data protection. Integration with Symantec Enterprise Vault provides fast, efficient backup and recovery for critical archives, while integration with Symantec Endpoint Protection delivers proactive backup in the event of an elevated Internet ThreatCon level. Integration with Online Storage for Backup Exec, a Symantec Protection Network software as a service offering, provides secure, easy-to-manage web-based access to offsite storage maintained in Symantec data centers while Symantec's complementary Backup Exec System Recovery solution offers complete Windows system recovery and advanced disaster recovery protection for Windows Server 2008 and other critical systems. In addition, Backup Exec 12 extends protection to Macintosh systems as well as Lotus Domino servers and adds support for IBM N series devices and LTO-4 tape drives.

"As companies adopt a Windows Server 2008 environment, it will be imperative that they have a proven backup and recovery solution optimized to protect their new systems as well as the mission-critical Microsoft applications running on this 64-bit platform," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. "Symantec's Backup Exec 12 is such a solution, delivering comprehensive data protection that allows organizations to grow and scale their Windows environments with confidence."

Backup Exec 12 for Windows Small Business Server delivers comprehensive data protection and system recovery for small businesses running Microsoft Small Business Server systems. Available in Standard and Premium Editions, Backup Exec 12 for Windows Small Business Server includes faster, more flexible backup and recovery of Exchange and SQL Servers, along with new integration with Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Backup Exec 12 for Windows Small Business Server now supports nearly all available Backup Exec 12 for Windows Servers agents and options, providing robust storage management tools and extensive application support for growing and upgrading storage management capabilities as well as for protecting remote Windows and non-Microsoft servers. Backup Exec 12 for Windows Small Business Server introduces support for Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Active Directory environments as well as for remote Linux, UNIX, NetWare and Macintosh systems.

"With certified support of Windows Server 2008 plus support for Microsoft's leading applications, Backup Exec 12 is a primary example of Symantec's commitment to deliver timely and efficient backup and recovery solutions for our customers' evolving Windows needs," said Pat Hanavan, vice president of product management, Symantec. "Furthermore, the new multi-product integration capabilities introduced in Backup Exec 12 allow customers to secure, back up and archive critical data to help reduce IT risk and manage cost."

Symantec Backup Exec 12 Services

Symantec's Remote Expert Installation Services (REIS) use remote access technology to help small businesses deploy Backup Exec 12 for Windows Servers securely over the Internet. Available from Symantec reseller partners, or online via the Symantec Business Store, Symantec REIS for Backup Exec Windows Servers provides organizations with a low-cost, convenient, remote expert installation and/or upgrade.

Symantec Education Services provides technical training to help companies install, migrate, upgrade and manage Backup Exec 12. A range of Enterprise Support Services offerings is also available to keep Symantec Backup Exec up-to-date and delivering maximum value.

Pricing and Availability

Estimated pricing for Symantec Backup Exec 12 starts at U.S.$995 per server. All product components are available now through Symantec's worldwide network of distributors and resellers. For additional product information or to download a trial version of Backup Exec 12, please visit

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