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Symantec Backup Exec Wins the 2006 Diogenes-Storage magazine Quality Award


Results of Customer Survey by SMB Readership Underscores Symantec’s Position as Data Protection Leader

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Nov. 20, 2006 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Symantec Backup Exec has won the 2006 Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for SMB backup and restore software. The annual competition is a joint effort between Diogenes Labs and Storage magazine. Diogenes Labs, an IT advisory company, surveys subscribers of Storage magazine in five specific categories. Symantec Backup Exec won top honors for product features, product quality, and product reliability. Furthermore, 70 percent of those surveyed said they would purchase Backup Exec again, a third more than the closest competitor.

“This tremendous recognition demonstrates our ability to effectively meet our customers’ needs with the right solutions, such as the continuous data protection functionality we introduced last year. That was a direct response to our customers’ requests for faster and less costly data backup and recovery capabilities,” said Pat Hanavan, vice president Data and Systems Management Group, Symantec Corp. “Backup Exec 11d, released earlier this month, now eliminates the need for daily Exchange backups and time consuming mailbox backups, further establishing it as the Gold Standard in Windows data recovery.”

Developed primarily for small- and medium-sized organizations, Symantec Backup Exec 11d delivers continuous protection for mission-critical Microsoft applications like Exchange and SQL Server, and enables rapid data recovery. This significantly reduces the cost, time, and resources required whether customers are backing up to disk, tape, or both. Furthermore, it helps deliver e-mail continuity for businesses since continuous protection for Exchange allows data to be recovered as recently as just a second before a loss.

The Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award along with the recent release of the MarketScope for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software report by Gartner giving Veritas NetBackup from Symantec a “strong positive” - the highest possible rating – underscores Symantec’s market position in the SMB and Enterprise backup and recovery markets.

About Gartner MarketScope

The “MarketScope for Enterprise Backup/Recovery Software, 2006” is copyrighted Sept. 19, 2006 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award

Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, a leading IT advisory company, and Storage magazine, an industry publication dedicated to users of computer storage systems, collaborate each year to award the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards. These awards are intended to recognize vendors who have achieved excellence in quality using objective measures, empirical methodologies and statistically valid research.

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at

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