Data#3 secures antivirus deal with QLD Education

Data#3 secures antivirus deal with QLD Education

ASX-listed services company Data#3 has won a tender to provide 1305 Queensland State schools with antivirus software from Symantec.

The contract with Education Queensland, which will include 35 of its district offices and central administration, was won over other competitive bids by a number of unnamed rival companies.

Under the terms of the contract, Brisbane-based Data#3 will roll out Symantec Norton AntiVirus software to 92,000 PCs across the Education Queensland wide area network (WAN). Additional product updates and virus definitions will also be deployed across the WAN.

Although Education Queensland and Data#3 remain tightlipped over the total value of the sale, education pricing for Symantec AntiVirus version 7.5 as used in the deal starts at $29 per node for orders of 2000 nodes or more. This would put the desktop software component of the contract in the vicinity of $2.7 million alone.

The software initiative is designed to protect the State's school IT infrastructure from viruses, worms and Trojans, according to a statement released by the State Minister for Education, Anna Bligh. Previously, each school was responsible for its own purchase and maintenance of antivirus software. The project is geared towards reducing these operating costs by centrally managing a school's antivirus software over its network.

According to Brad Colledge, manager of licensing solutions for Data#3, the services company has been working with Education Queensland to develop the best rollout strategy. Options include a standard script available for download over a secure network, to be distributed onto CDs.

Data#3 will use Symantec's LiveUpdate, Systems Centre and Ghost 7.0 tools to implement the software, adds Colledge.

Good fortune keeps coming for Symantec and Data#3, with all 471,5000 of Queensland's school children given a 15 per cent reduction in price as an incentive to purchase the antivirus software for home use. Symantec Norton AntiVirus retails at around $99.

John Grant, chief executive officer of Data#3, says the integrator's licensing business accounts for 13 per cent of its technology revenues and continues to grow in year-on-year revenues. Grant claims there has been a lot of focus of late on the legal responsibilities and complexity of licensing agreements -requiring a high level of expertise to solve a customer's licensing demands.

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