Recognising that deploying and supporting antivirus solutions is a major headache for IS managers, Symantec has announced Symantec System Center, a systems and policy management tool designed to centralise administration of the company's Norton AntiVirus product.
The tool is said to provide automatic node discovery in order to allow centralised updating and deployment of the Norton AntiVirus Enterprise Solution across Microsoft's Windows 95/98, Windows NT and Windows 2000 clients, and Windows NT and NetWare servers.
This end-point control over antivirus functionality lets administrators configure and lock-down settings in real time and enforce corporate policies, according to Symantec.
IT managers can use the Symantec System Center to customise alerts and automate responses to users and server groups, automatically update virus definitions and level of automation, and communicate in real time with clients and servers.
Real-time communication, for example, allows IT managers to perform virus sweeps across individual nodes, groups of nodes, or across the whole enterprise from a single location.
Symantec System Center will be available later this month, but pricing has yet to be determined.
Symantec has also announced Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.0, the latest release of its virus-protection software for Windows 3x, Windows 9x, Windows NT/2000, and NetWare.
The product is available in managed and standalone configurations, allowing IT managers to choose the right antivirus solution for a mixed desktop and mobile environment.
Pricing has yet to be announced for Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.0, which is also shipping this month.