Symantec Corp. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Relicore, Inc., a provider of data center change and configuration management solutions. Relicore's flagship product, Relicore Clarity, automatically discovers, maps and tracking changes to application and server components in real time. The transaction is expected to close in mid-February 2006.

Relicore's Clarity product discovers all applications running on managed servers, tracks key configuration information, maps the dependencies of those servers and applications, and keeps all of that information up to date on a real-time basis. This allows customers to replace the time-consuming and error-prone process of manually collecting and maintaining asset inventories, and accelerates troubleshooting efforts by helping IT managers identify when a particular change to the server or application environment has created a problem. This capability is crucial given that, according to IDC, 78 percent of server downtime is due to infrastructure changes. In addition, customers apply Relicore's Clarity to more effectively and efficiently manage their compliance with regulatory requirements, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, by discovering and mapping the resources associated with financial reporting systems and ensuring the policies associated with those systems are continuously enforced.

Adding Relicore's configuration management technology to Symantec's existing products will allow customers to gain greater visibility and control over their data center assets and improve their efficiency and effectiveness in managing those assets. Customers will immediately benefit from a variety of solutions that combine Relicore's Clarity with other Symantec offerings.

Relicore's Clarity also will continue to be offered on a standalone basis as a solution for customers interested in integrating configuration management technology with third-party software and IT process improvement initiatives, including ITIL implementations, IT service management software deployments and change management and incident support process improvement projects. Symantec plans to continue, and to expand, Relicore's partnerships with third-party software vendors such as those Relicore announced with IBM Tivoli, HP OpenView, and Peregrine.

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