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Symantec Corporation
Type Public (NASDAQSYMC)
Founded Flag of the United States Sunnyvale, California (March 1, 1982)
Headquarters Cupertino, California, U.S. (incorporated in Delaware)
Key people John W. Thompson, CEO
James Beer, CFO
Mark Bregman, CTO
Enrique T. Salem, COO
David Thompson, CIO
Greg Hughes, CSO
Industry Computer Software
Products Endpoint Protection 11.0
Network Access Control 11.0
Control Compliance Suite
Security Information Manager
Brightmail
Enterprise Vault
Symantec Mail Security
Instant Messaging Manager
WinFax PRO
Norton AntiBot
Norton AntiVirus
Norton Commander
Norton Internet Security
Norton 360
Norton Personal Firewall
Norton SystemWorks
Procomm Plus
Symantec Ghost
VxFS
VxVM
VxSF
NetBackup
Veritas Backup Exec
Cluster Server (VCS)
Veritas CommandCentral Storage
Veritas Enterprise Administrator
Veritas Process Automation Manager
Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR)
Veritas SANPoint
Revenue $5.19 Billion USD (2007)
Net income $404.38 Million USD (2007)
Employees 17,500 (2007) [1]
Website www.Symantec.com

Symantec Corporation NASDAQSYMC, founded in 1982, is an international corporation which sells computer software, particularly in the realms of security and information management. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, USA, Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries and is part of the NASDAQ 100 and Fortune 1000. Image File history File links Symantec. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Clara Government  - Mayor Otto Lee Area  - Total 22. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Location of Cupertino within Santa Clara County, California. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... 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Norton 360 is an all-in-one computer security and maintenance package from Symantec that offers a full circle of protection. It offers several features similar to many of Symantecs other internet security products, which includes scanning components such as antivirus, antispyware and a firewall. ... Symantecs Norton Personal Firewall 2004 keeps hackers out and personal data in. ... The Norton Utilities releases were collections of software utilities. ... Datastorm was a computer software company that existed from 1986 until 1996. ... Ghost is a disk cloning program, originally produced by Binary Research, but purchased by Symantec on June 24, 1998. ... The Veritas File System, or VxFS, is an extent-based file system that was developed by Veritas Software as the first commercial journaling file system. ... Veritas Volume Manager versions: VVM 3. ... VxSF stands for Veritas Storage Foundation ... Veritas NetBackup is an enterprise level backup and recovery suite. ... 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History

Symantec first became well-known as the publisher of Q & A, a dual-mode product that was both a word processor and a database. During the 1990s, Symantec switched focus away from development of its own products and towards acquisition of other companies. An early purchase gave Symantec ownership of Norton Utilities, created in the mid-1980s by software engineer Peter Norton. At one time Symantec was also known for its development tools, particularly the THINK Pascal, THINK C, Symantec C++, and Visual Cafe packages that were popular on the Macintosh and IBM PC compatible platforms; they exited this business in the late-1990s as competitors such as Metrowerks, Microsoft, and Borland gained significant market share. Q & A was a dual purpose software system published by Symantec in the 1980s and into the 1990s for MS-DOS and eventually Microsoft Windows. ... A word processor (also more formally known as a document preparation system) is a computer application used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort of viewable or printed material. ... This article is about computing. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The Norton Utilities releases were collections of software utilities. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Software engineering (SE) is the profession concerned with specifying, designing, developing and maintaining software applications by applying technologies and practices from computer science, project management, and other fields. ... Peter Norton Peter Norton (born November 14, 1943) is an American software publisher and philanthropist. ... THINK C was an extension of ANSI C for Mac OS, developed originally as Think Lightspeed C and later purchased and further developed by Symantec Corporation. ... Visual Café (formally Visual Café for Java) is an integrated development environment for the Java programming language. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... IBM PC compatible computers are those generally similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT. Such computers used to be referred to as PC clones, or IBM clones since they almost exactly duplicated all the significant features of the PC, XT, or AT internal design, facilitated by various manufacturers... Metrowerks was a company that developed software development tools for various embedded, game, handheld, and desktop platforms. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Borland Software Corporation is a software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. ...


In recent years, Symantec has been primarily known for its Norton-branded antivirus and utility software. Products released under the Symantec name include Norton AntiVirus, Norton Commander, Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton SystemWorks (which now contains Norton Utilities), Norton AntiSpam, Norton GoBack (formerly Roxio GoBack), Norton Confidential,Norton Antibot and Norton Ghost (originally published by Binary Research). Anti-virus software consists of computer programs that attempt to identify, thwart and eliminate computer viruses and other malicious software (malware). ... Utility software (also known as service program, service routine, tool, or utility routine) is a type of computer software. ... Norton AntiVirus (NAV) is a popular product of Symantec Corporation and is one of the most widely used antivirus programs. ... Norton Commander (commonly shortened to NC) is an Orthodox File Manager (OFM) program, written by John Socha and released by Peter Norton Computing (later acquired by the Symantec corporation). ... Symantec Norton Internet Security is one of Symantec Corporations flagship products. ... Norton 360 is an all-in-one computer security and maintenance package from Symantec that offers a full circle of protection. It offers several features similar to many of Symantecs other internet security products, which includes scanning components such as antivirus, antispyware and a firewall. ... Symantecs Norton Personal Firewall 2004 keeps hackers out and personal data in. ... The Norton Utilities releases were collections of software utilities. ... Norton GoBack (previously known as Wildfile GoBack, Adaptec GoBack, Roxio GoBack) is a Microsoft Windows based disk utility, that can record up to 8Gb of disk changes. ... Roxio is a division and brand of Sonic Solutions. ... Norton Confidential is a program used to encrypt passwords online, and detect phishing sites. ... Ghost is a disk cloning program, originally produced by Binary Research, but purchased by Symantec in 1998. ... Binary Research Ltd was a company founded in Auckland, New Zealand by Murray Haszard in 1991 after the sale of his previous company, B32 Software. ...


Due to the 2003 acquisition of PowerQuest, Symantec continues to sell, but not develop, the last version of PartitionMagic, now called Norton PartitionMagic. This is true as well of the NetWare partition manager, ServerMagic. PowerQuest's Drive Image software replaced the original Norton Ghost software, yet retains Norton Ghost as its name. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Symantec. ... PartitionMagic is a computer program for hard disk drive partitioning originally made by the PowerQuest corporation but now owned by Symantec. ... NetWare is a network operating system and the set of network protocols it uses to talk to client machines on the network. ... ServerMagic is a computer program for hard disk drive partitioning originally made by the company PowerQuest but now owned by Symantec. ... A disk image is a computer file containing the complete contents and structure of a data storage medium or device, such as a CD. The term has been generalized to cover any such file, whether taken from an actual physical storage device or not. ...


Symantec is also an industry leader in comprehensive electronic messaging security, offering solutions for instant messaging, antispam, antivirus, legal compliance, content compliance, legal discovery and message archiving.


The Symantec Security Response organization (formerly Symantec Antivirus Research Center) is one of the foremost antivirus and computer security research groups in the industry.


On December 16, 2004, Veritas and Symantec announced their plans for a merger. With Veritas valued at $13.5 billion, it was the largest software industry merger to date. Symantec's shareholders voted to approve the merger on June 24, 2005; the deal closed successfully on July 2, 2005. July 5, 2005 was the first day of business for U.S. offices of the new, combined software company. After the merger, Symantec now includes storage related products in its portfolio. Veritas File System (VxFS), Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) and Veritas Volume Replicator are but three. is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... VERITAS Software Corp. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The VERITAS File System, or VxFS, is an extent-based file system that was the first commercial journaling file system, and was developed by VERITAS Software. ... The Veritas Volume Manager, VVM or VxVM is a proprietary logical volume manager from Veritas. ... Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR) provides an exact or consitent copy of application data at remote locations over any IP network. ...


On August 16, 2005, Symantec acquired Sygate [1] a security software firm with about 200 staff, based in Fremont, California. As of November 30, 2005 all Sygate personal firewall products were discontinued by Symantec and now appears to be part of Symantec's Norton range called Norton Personal Firewall. is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the unincorporated community in Yolo County, California, see Fremont, Yolo County, California. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Symantecs Norton Personal Firewall 2004 keeps hackers out and personal data in. ...


On January 29, 2007, Symantec announced plans to acquire Altiris and on April 6, 2007 the acquisition was completed. Altiris specializes in service-oriented management software which allows organizations to manage IT assets. They also provide software for web services, security, and systems management products. Established in 1998, Altiris is headquartered in Lindon, Utah, United States. is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Altiris Inc. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Altiris Inc. ... Information and communication technology spending in 2005 Information technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. ... Lindon is a city located in Utah County, Utah. ...


On January 17, 2008, Symantec announced [2] that they were spinning off the Application Performance Management (Precise Software Solutions) business to Vector Capital. Upon closing of the transaction, Precise Software Solutions will take over all development, product management, marketing and sales for the APM business. To ensure a smooth transition for customers and the new company overall, Symantec will continue to support the APM business post closing via a transition services agreement. Additionally, Symantec and Vector have signed an agreement allowing Symantec to continue to sell APM software and support to its customers. Further, Symantec will continue to honor the terms and conditions of its support commitments to its customers, and will leverage the APM personnel transferred over to Precise Software Solutions to ensure continuity of support. This business unit contains all the i3 products. is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... A Straight-3 is an internal combustion engine with three cylinders arranged in a straight line side by side. ...


The latest major release from Symantec is Norton Internet Security 2008, which has many features from the previous versions, with improvements focused on anti-hijacking and identity theft protection capabilites.


For a fuller list of acquisitions, see List of Symantec acquisitions. Since 1987, Symantec has acquired the following corporations/technologies (chronologically): // 1987 THINK Technologies makers of software development tools for the Apple Macintosh 1990 August: Peter Norton Computing, Inc. ...


See also

John W. Thompson was the former vice-president at IBM and the current CEO of Symantec. ... Gordon Eubanks Gordon Eubanks (b. ... Norton 360 is an all-in-one computer security and maintenance package from Symantec that offers a full circle of protection. It offers several features similar to many of Symantecs other internet security products, which includes scanning components such as antivirus, antispyware and a firewall. ... Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Severs, formerly Veritas Backup Exec, is backup software for Microsoft Windows environments. ... TurnTide Inc. ...

External links

  • Symantec Official Website
  • A method of removing Symantec products

Notes

  1. ^ Symantec Completes Sygate Acquisition
  2. ^ Symantec to Sell Application Performance Management Business to Vector Capital

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