Dell and Symantec Team for "Secure Exchange" Solution

Symantec and Dell have teamed up to provide Windows shops with an integrated bundle of hardware, software, and services designed to take the pain out of deploying Microsoft Exchange in a secure and reliable way. The bundle, called Secure Exchange, includes Dell servers, storage, and technical services plus security and backup software from Symantec, and starts at about $55,000 for a 500-seat deployment, the companies announced this week.

Because of these tremendous needs and the increasingly “mission critical” nature of e-mail, there exists a huge selection of available products. However, navigating these solutions can be a mind-bending exercise. Dell and Symantec are seeking to stop the brain pain by offering a suite of pre-integrated, jointly engineered solutions tailored for organizations with 500 to 2,000 e-mail users. The companies say it’s the first reference architecture of its kind.

Dell’s experience with Exchange and its six-year OEM agreement with Symantec has enabled it to develop a reference architecture for Exchange deployments to get the right mix of CPU, memory, disk, and bandwidth in the right places. Depending on the scalability or performance goals of a customer, Dell may push for the adoption of Microsoft’s Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Firewall or Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) software into the mix. Secure Exchange customers have a choice of using Storage Area Network (SAN) or direct-attach storage technology.

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