Symantec opens new virtualisation solutions lab

Demonstrations and hands-on seminars for the latest virtualisation solutions to be offered to customers and partners

Tokyo, Japan, 28 Jul 2008

Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Symantec Japan has opened its new Virtualisation Solutions Lab for customers and partners, as the company continues to deliver on its virtualisation strategy. As customers increasingly deploy virtualisation technologies in their production and mission-critical environments, there is an even greater need for end-point and data centre management solutions, as well as industry leading data-protection, security and storage management solutions. Symantec provides comprehensive solutions to meet customers and partners' needs, which enable them to manage physical and virtual infrastructures consistently. Opening the new Virtualisation Solutions Lab is the next phase in Symantec's efforts to support customers and partners.

The Virtualisation Solutions Lab will enable Symantec Japan to test and optimise Symantec's industry-leading products for specific virtual environments quickly, and provide customers and partners with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and see demonstrations of solution deployments for their environments. With this new facility, Symantec Japan can better support its customers and partners who decide to implement virtualisation solutions, as market needs for virtualisation continue to grow rapidly.

The Virtualisation Solutions Lab is located within the Japan Engineering Center at Symantec Japan's headquarters (Minato-ku, Tokyo), which is responsible for all technological verification required for Symantec's products before their release into the Japanese market. With the launch of this new facility, the Virtualisation Solutions Lab will introduce comprehensive virtualisation solutions for data centres in VMware environments. The line up of solutions to be provided by the Virtualisation Solutions Lab is as follows.

* Comprehensive backup solutions using Veritas NetBackup for VMware environments
* Failover solutions with high availability of guest OS and VMware applications using Veritas Cluster Server
* Backup and restore solutions for P2V (physical to virtual) system images using Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery
* Deployment solutions for virtual servers using the Symantec Altiris platform

Symantec Japan plans to work closely with Citrix Systems and Microsoft to test virtualisation solutions for CitrixXen Server and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments at the Virtualisation Solutions Lab in addition to VMware Infrastructure 3 by VMware. In addition, Symantec Japan plans to organise regular product familiarisation seminars as it continues to expand its range of solutions for its customers and partners.

"As the need to effectively utilise IT resources such as hardware, OS, and applications with virtualisation technology increases, the primary issues for virtualisation environments are ensuring a consistent level of availability and reliability for the physical environment and further improvements in the ease of operation" said Susumu Kagayama, President of Symantec Japan. "We are very pleased to be offering our customers and partners the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the latest virtualisation solutions at our new Virtualisation Solutions Lab."



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