Symantec and VMware Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Desktop-as-a-Service Solutions

LAS VEGAS – VMworld 2011 – Aug. 31, 2011 – Today at VMworld®, 2011, Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to define and architect Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions with the goal to provide secure, pre-integrated and well-managed enterprise-quality virtual desktop computing environments for enterprises and IT service providers. This initiative will leverage VMware virtual desktop and cloud infrastructure solutions including VMware View™, VMware vShield™, VMware vCloud® Director 1.5 and VMware vSphere® 5 with Symantec Endpoint Protection and the Altiris Client Management Suite to deliver a secure, manageable and cost-effective DaaS solution.

End-user computing environments continue to become more diverse and mobile, with virtual desktop deployments becoming a critical component to delivering IT services to any user, on any device and in any location. Symantec and VMware's new Desktop-as-a-Service initiative will provide enterprises and IT service providers with a cost-effective way of leveraging on-premise Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) with the efficiencies and scalability of cloud computing. Combining VMware’s leading technology in virtualization and cloud infrastructure and management with Symantec’s expertise in security and endpoint management, the partnership will create a highly resilient and secure solution that reduces IT spending without compromising regulatory and other security concerns.

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As the industry leaders in security, management and virtualization, the two companies are well positioned to deliver hosted virtual desktops that are secure, easy to manage and compliant with enterprise customers’ governance and regulatory requirements. The DaaS solution will provide:

  • Service Driven Cloud Infrastructure: Building on existing vCloud and vSphere infrastructures from VMware, the DaaS solution will provide the agility, efficiency and choice to quickly provision, manage and track all aspects of a multi-tenant, virtual desktop environment.
  • Security Protection from the Cloud to the Endpoint:Delivered with Symantec Endpoint Protection and VMware vShield, DaaS delivered virtual desktops are protected from internal and external threats emanating from email, web and storage vectors.
  • End-to-End Configuration and Control of Applications: The day-to-day demands of managing virtual desktops in addition to the applications that reside within them are made easier through centralized control using Symantec Client Management Suite.

Supporting Quotes: 

"Our partnership with VMware demonstrates the commitment by both organizations to jointly innovate with the goal of delivering a differentiated, secure and easy to manage hosted virtual desktop experience," said Chirantan "CJ"Desai, senior vice president of the Endpoint and Mobility Group at Symantec.

"VMware is committed to enabling the delivery of IT as secure, cloud-based services to end users," said Christopher Young, vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. "Through our expanded partnership with Symantec, we can deliver Desktop-as-a-Service solutions for enterprise organizations and service providers that offer the security, management and compliance customers require – all baked directly into a virtual desktop infrastructure and accessible to end users regardless of device or location."


Please visit the Symantec booth #339 at VMworld 2011to view a demo of the DaaS offering.

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VMware (NYSE: VMW) delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere® – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization, which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

About Symantec

Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.  Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the expected features, availability and benefits of Desktop as a Service solutions and expectations for the continuing evolution of end user computing environments.   These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and desktop computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; and (ix) our ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees.. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VMware’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. We assume no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.