Network Associates is planning to roll out software that combines various flavours of its desktop user interface, McAfee VirusScan, with antivirus software from recently acquired Dr. Solomon's Software.
"We are not discontinuing the Dr. Solomon product line" as has been reported, said Gene Hodges, Network Associate's vice president of marketing for antivirus and security, adding that the Dr. Solomon Toolkit is available for sale and will continue to be sold as a merged product. Network Associates is not planning to discontinue support for existing versions of Dr. Solomon's Anti Virus Toolkit, he said.
Network Associates completed its acquisition of Dr. Solomon's Software on August 13, in a stock swap valued at approximately $US700 million. The US company first announced it was to acquire UK-based Dr. Solomon's Group PLC back in June of this year in a bid to ramp up its presence in Europe.
Network Associates makes antivirus software designed to work on the desktop, file servers and Internet gateway levels. The company has plans to incorporate the Dr. Solomon antivirus search engine across all its products, Hodges said.
Integrated product lines are scheduled to begin shipping during the fourth quarter of this year. Network Associates plans to combine the Dr. Solomon antivirus search engine with its Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows 3.1 desktop products in October; with its Windows NT desktop and desktop file server for NT in November; and with its integrated groupware products in December. The company also intends to integrate the Dr. Solomon antivirus software with its Internet gateway products in early 1999.
The integration of the two product lines will be 100 per cent complete by the first quarter of 1999, said Hodges. "We have found that the Dr. Solomon engine is modular and easy to integrate," he added.
Current users of the Dr. Solomon antivirus software kit will be able to get new drivers and technical support indefinitely, Hodges said. "The product set isn't going away," he added. Users of Dr. Solomon software will be able to acquire the VirusScan upgrade for free using the Dr. Solomon engine.
Network Associates believes that its acquisition of Dr. Solomon's and its impending rollout of merged products will strengthen the company's ability to support customers worldwide, Hodges added.
In the corporate market, the combined product will appear only under the Network Associates brand name McAfee VirusScan. In the retail markets, both the Dr. Solomon's and McAfee brand names will be used, Hodges said.
Network Associates itself was formed in October of last year following the merger of McAfee Associates Inc. with Network General Corp.