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Symantec launches global system builder program

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Symantec Corp. has released an unmatched combination of affordable solutions aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) fully protect and optimise their Windows-centric environment to safeguard critical information assets. As the large industry-leading provider of security and availability products for the Windows platform, Symantec delivers proven functionality optimised for small to mid-sized customers, allowing them to cost-effectively scale their business, secure and protect their data, enhance productivity, and leverage their investments in Windows platforms without added complexity.

According to AMI-Partners, a leading market data firm, Symantec offers a comprehensive and proven approach to Windows protection. New business initiatives like ecommerce allow SMBs to level the playing field and compete in new and innovative ways, but they also require SMBs to strike a balance between information access and security, while at the same time, controlling IT costs. Symantec is simplifying the process for SMBs that are already challenged with IT resource and budget constraints with a broad and proven portfolio of interoperable products.

Keeping data safe, systems up and running, and users productive in today's information-driven environment has never been more challenging.

For SMBs with Windows-centric environments, threats to the security and availability of information and systems can appear in the form of malicious code, vulnerable software, and even natural and manmade disasters. To help SMBs protect against today's threat landscape, Symantec offers a set of solutions that are easy to acquire, deploy, and manage.

The Symantec SMB product blueprint addresses key needs, including:

Data security and availability: Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec AntiVirus Enterprise Edition, and Symantec Client Security allow an SMB to effectively manage recovery-time requirements, enhance user productivity, and ensure critical data and information is available and secure.

System security and availability: Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, and Symantec pcAnywhere reduce administrative costs and enable efficient management of the IT environment with consistent patch deployment, configuration management, system migration, and server recovery.

Application security and availability: Symantec Mail Security, Symantec Enterprise Vault, and Symantec IM Manager provide best-in-class, comprehensive email security and availability solutions to ensure the protection and accessibility of email and instant message information, while reducing costs through more efficient email management.

Policy compliance management: Symantec Bindview Control Compliance Suite, Symantec Enterprise Vault, and Symantec DeepSight Alert Services allow mid-sized organisations to fulfill complex, regulatory compliance regulations and meet industry standards through protection and policy management solutions for Windows environments.

According to Museum of the Moving Image, through its collection, exhibitions, and online projects, it educates the public about the creative processes in film, television, and digital media. As Museum of the Moving Image moves ahead in providing online access to its important collection, the tools and procedures used to secure its valuable digital assets must be industrial strength. Symantec provides the Museum with critical behind-the-scenes support to safeguard this irreplaceable data across our Windows Environment, and ensure it is protected and recoverable.

As the fast growing market segment there is vast opportunity to be realised, with approximately 8.2 million businesses in the United States alone, and according to AMI-Partners 40 million small businesses account for 97 percent of all businesses globally. For Symantec, the partner community provides the critical conduit into this SMB marketplace.

To ensure their success, Symantec is making a 50 percent investment increase in its Symantec Partner Program to create small and mid-market partner tools and training, and an additional 300 percent investment in the company's partner systems infrastructure.

To help partners looking to grow their services business in the SMB market, Symantec is offering a variety of service enablement tools including in-depth technical training, business case ROI tools, and Symantec Yellow Books, which outline customer use case scenarios and implementation practices. Partners can also work with the Symantec Consulting Services organisation to resell custom consulting engagements or Symantec ProLaunch, an on-site consulting services engagement designed to make it easier for customers to realise the full benefits of Symantec products.

According to Prevalent Networks, it was focused on serving the needs of SMBs and work as a trusted advisor regarding their evolving IT requirements. Symantec has been a valued partner in helping Prevalent Networks address this market segment.

Having a single partner that can offer Prevalent Networks’ products to address varying levels of risk and business complexity, coupled with top notch performance and support makes confident in recommending Symantec solutions.

According to Symantec, SMB product blueprint provides a path for SMBs as they grow and scale their business. Symantec offers proven, market-leading products and the right support offers to address this growing market segment.

New Symantec global system builder program

In addition to sales and services training and enablement for its partner community, Symantec is launching a new global channel initiative to further reach both the SMB and consumer market segments. The Global Symantec System Builder Program delivers branded security and availability solutions to system builders with targeted products, market-sensitive pricing, and the training and support required for partner success.

Seneca Data comments that Symantec's System Builder Program offers it the opportunity to differentiate its custom white boxes for PC users, home offices, and small businesses. As a result, Seneca Data can offer its customers built-in value by including the leading security and availability solutions SMBs need to protect their data and information into its customer-ready product.

Availability

The complete Symantec SMB blueprint is available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorised resellers, distributors and systems integrators.

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