Milestone Indicates Strong Interest in Company’s New Business Offerings Delivering State-of-the-Art Internet Security and Management as a Service
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ — McAfee.com (Nasdaq: MCAF) a leading security Application Service Provider (ASP), today announced that over 1,000 companies worldwide have registered to evaluate McAfee.com’s .NET services for businesses. Launched in November during the Fall COMDEX show, McAfee.com’s .NET Initiative provides corporations a managed application service delivering industrial-strength desktop security, helpdesk and productivity services over the Internet. As a result, McAfee.com became the first company to deliver a comprehensive set of IT-centric application services that allow businesses to effortlessly secure, support and enhance their desktop and mobile computing platforms.
“To surpass the one thousand company mark in such a short period of time is a strong indication that companies worldwide are looking to innovative hosted application services, such as .NET, to complement their IT departments and reduce their total cost of ownership,” said Patti Dock, vice president and general manager of .NET division, McAfee.com. “We intend to combine this momentum as a first mover with a commitment to deliver cutting-edge applications to businesses and become a leader in the IT-centric hosted security segment.”
This surge of interest in software delivered as a service by businesses is supported by a recent study from industry analyst group IDC that concluded that corporate executives are more likely to see the value propositions of using an ASP for their own companies. In addition, the report indicated a majority of decision-making IT professionals cited their main reason for using an ASP is “to avoid the cost of maintaining and supporting an application in-house.”
The .NET Initiative complements IT departments, by providing businesses with several easy-to-use, web-based subscription offerings fulfilling IT security and management needs with a rich and powerful set of cost-effective tools that is simple to deploy and manage. These tools fall into three service centers: Security.NET, providing hosted anti-virus, firewall and wireless security services, HelpDesk.NET, providing hosted PC support and help desk services and Productivity.NET providing any-time any-place access to popular productivity services like word processing, presentation graphics and spreadsheet services.
The .NET services from McAfee.com are available immediately for a 30-day free evaluation period. After that, the Security.NET and HelpDesk.NET service centers will be available for purchase at a cost of $69.95 per service, per user, per year. The Productivity.NET service will be available for purchase at a cost of $49.95 per user, per year. Businesses may sign up for an evaluation of the .NET Initiative right now by registering at the McAfee.com website http://www.mcafee.com/net .
About the .NET Initiative from McAfee.com
Launched in Fall Comdex 2000, the .NET Service Center from McAfee.com includes Security.NET, HelpDesk.NET and Productivity.NET. These new services allow businesses to take full advantage of the proven products and services available through McAfee.com’s advanced Application Service Provider (ASP) infrastructure. With resources and solution shortages for effective management of widespread IT assets, the .NET initiative empowers businesses of all sizes with strong, feature-rich, consistent services that address security, support and productivity demands for telecommuters at home, in the office or out on the field. Users my sign-up immediately for an evaluation period of the .NET services at the McAfee.com site: http://www.mcafee.com . After the evaluation period, users have the option to purchase an annual subscription to each service center for $70.00 (USD) per subscriber.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, McAfee.com Corporation is a majority-owned subsidiary of Network Associates (Nasdaq: NETA). McAfee.com’s Application Service Provider (ASP) model is redefining how software is developed, delivered and experienced by PC users at home and at work. The company delivers software benefits through an Internet browser, virtually eliminating the need to install, configure and manage the technology on a local PC or network. McAfee.com hosts software application services on its vast technology infrastructure and provides these services to users online through its Web site http://www.mcafee.com. McAfee.com has signed up more than 650,000 paid subscribers and regularly has more than 400,000 visitors each day. For more information, contact McAfee.com at 408-992-8100 or visit http://www.mcafee.com .
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