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U.S. Marine Corps Selects Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro for Mission-Critical Communications


Solution to Provide Deployed Troops Secure Web Conferencing and Collaboration

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the U.S. Marine Corps has selected Adobe® Acrobat® Connect™ Pro as its standard Web conferencing solution. As a tactical battlefield collaboration tool for deployed troops, Acrobat Connect Pro can enable Marines to communicate more effortlessly and securely across locations worldwide.

The enterprise license contract, awarded through Carahsoft Technology Corp., is valued at $9.5 million. It will enable the Marines to immediately include Acrobat Connect Pro as part of version 1.5 of its Tactical Collaboration Work Suite, a portable data center providing robust, highly available, highly scalable collaboration and hosting capabilities to deployed forces.

“Some of the world’s most secure organizations in financial services, life sciences, and government — including the U.S. Department of Defense — have turned to Acrobat Connect Pro as a real-time collaboration solution. It not only meets the government’s highest security standards, but also enables increased efficiency and communication across networks,” said Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president, Adobe’s Business Productivity Business Unit. “From planning to execution to debrief, Connect Pro can help the Marine Corps streamline information exchange and keep troops safe in mission-critical deployments.”

The Marine Corps cited several factors for adopting Acrobat Connect Pro as its collaboration solution. In addition to meeting stringent standards for security, availability and quality, the solution is Joint Interoperability and Test Command Certified, so troops and military leaders can connect quickly across any Department of Defense (DoD) network. Also, because Acrobat Connect Pro simply requires that users have Adobe Flash® Player, which is already installed on DoD computers and 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops, it can be deployed in the field for reliable collaboration in extremely low-bandwidth environments and intermittent connectivity.

“We are honored to continue supporting the DoD in its procurement and adoption of Adobe’s enterprise collaboration solutions,” said Craig P. Abod, president of Carahsoft. “Adobe and Carahsoft also provide Web conferencing capabilities to DoD users worldwide through Defense Connect Online, and we recently were awarded a DoD Enterprise Software Initiative blanket purchase agreement for Adobe server products through which the Marine Corps placed its order.”
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