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Dell, Symantec team on e-mail security

Joint offering aims to deliver Dell hardware with Symantec software to protect Microsoft Exchange-based systems.

A correction was made to this story. Read below for details.

Dell and Symantec are teaming up to deliver protection for Microsoft Exchange-based e-mail systems, the companies plan to announce Wednesday.

The Round Rock, Texas, PC and server maker and the Cupertino, Calif., software vendor are combining their products in an offering dubbed Secure Exchange. The product is designed to take time and complexity out of running a secure, reliable Microsoft Exchange e-mail system with archiving capabilities, the companies said.

"Everybody uses e-mail," said Judy Chavis, director of business development and global alliances at Dell. "We're making it easier for you to secure your e-mail system."

The announcement comes just a week after Symantec announced a partnership with Juniper Networks to load more of its security technology onto Juniper's networking devices. Earlier this year, Symantec said it would curtail its own security appliance business.

Secure Exchange is made up of Dell PowerEdge servers, PowerVault storage, Dell/EMC storage and several Symantec products, including Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series, Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange, Symantec Enterprise Vault and Backup Exec, the companies said.

The starting price for a backup and recovery system for 500 mailboxes is $54,678, which includes Dell PowerEdge 1950s, PowerVault 112T, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange 2003 and Symantec Backup Exec, Dell and Symantec said in a statement.

This is Dell's first product bundle partnership around Exchange. The company has similar offerings related to the Oracle Database and Oracle Applications, as well as clustered computing, Chavis said.

The product is available in the United States and Europe, and is aimed at midsize organizations with between 500 and 2,000 mailboxes on a Microsoft Exchange e-mail system.


Correction: Due to incorrect information provided by Dell and Symantec, the original version of this story misstated the pricing. The starting price for a backup and recovery system for 500 mailboxes is $54,678.