SOURCE: Symantec


May 30, 2012 08:00 ET

Symantec Launches SymEd for K-12 and Higher Education

Addresses Security, Virtualization and Mobility Challenges for Schools

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the launch of SymEd, a new licensing model designed specifically to help academic institutions protect information while managing and securing their IT infrastructure.

SymEd combines essential solutions for threat management, data protection, virtualization, encryption and endpoint protection to support the growing technology demands in academia. The SymEd offering provides a standardized, enterprise-wide platform within the academic institution while providing the flexibility to select additional Symantec solutions to meet the needs of individual departments.

"SymEd enables academia to have confidence in the security of their connected experiences as the learning environment expands to accommodate and provide access to online reference material, assignments, collaboration and rich multimedia content wherever and whenever," said Mike Maxwell, national director, U.S. State & Local Government and Education at Symantec. "This model allows institutions to secure devices and applications in their environment, protect data and infrastructure from attack and manage inventory and configuration with scalability."

Reduced Costs and Scalable Solutions for Any Size Education Institution

As educational institutions of all sizes face tighter budgets while simultaneously trying to address the increasing number of devices introduced into the IT environment, IT departments are under pressure to streamline infrastructure and operational costs. SymEd provides a comprehensive centralized management platform and a means to secure and manage multiple endpoints: PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones for both faculty and students whether they are school-issued or personal devices.

A key feature of the SymEd offering is the new licensing model based on full-time employee (FTE) count rather than per device. This gives institutions the ability to plan budgets by counting FTEs once per year and to better estimate costs year to year. Other key benefits include:

  • Secure e-Learning environment for physical, virtual and cloud platforms

  • Reduced licensing costs with application streaming for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiatives

  • Centralized standards to allow institutions to automate the deployment, security and management of devices with central management

  • Support for multiple operating systems including Windows®, MAC OS™, iOS™, Android®, Linux™ and others

  • Critical data protection with advanced local backup and recovery for Windows desktops and laptops

  • Simplified method to ensure license compliance across the institution

  • Home use rights for faculty and staff

  • Student usage add-on option available for Endpoint Protection

"With the continual budget pressure in the K-12 and higher education marketplace, SymEd offers top notch solutions at reasonable prices in an easily understood licensing model," said Frank Fabianski, licensing account executive at CDW-G. "With these bundles, a partner can now have a fuller, more involved discussion with customers around topics like security, mobile device management, deployment and desktop lifecycle management."

University of South Florida Pilots SymEd Bundle

One such institution benefiting from the SymEd offering is the University of South Florida (USF), which embarked on an effort to standardize the University's IT environment and address the growing number of mobile devices used on campus. USF chose the SymEd Secure bundle giving them Mobile Management for a centralized device management platform, Ghost Solution Suite for computer imaging capabilities ensuring rapid deployment of OS, along with data and system applications for campus, student and faculty home use. The FTE licensing model allowed USF to easily project costs and align with their other critical contracts. Ultimately, USF experienced reduced infrastructure costs by standardizing on a single vendor management platform, resulting in improved operational efficiencies.

"At USF we are facing budget issues like many state universities. SymEd saves us money in the long run, and gives us increased functionality across departments," said Craig Woolley, assistant vice president for Administration and Support Services for Information Technology at USF. "In addition, the Mobile Management solution offered through SymEd will give us the ability to protect our ever-growing population of mobile devices."

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