McAfee last week announced major contracts with Shell and House of Fraser for its anti-virus software.
Shell Information Services (Shell IS) has signed a Corporate Licence and Management Agreement with McAfee which allows Shell companies world-wide to use its VirusScan and NetShield anti-virus software.
Shell has been using VirusScan for several years as part of a series of security measures and now the software will be installed as part of Shell's standard desktop environment on around 80,000 PCs and Windows NT network servers in over 100 countries.
House of Fraser has also standardised on VirusScan for Windows NT workstations and NetShield for Windows NT Server.
The group has purchased a 1,000 node licence for installation on all its workstations and NT network servers across all 51 department stores and offices in the UK. According to Spencer Davis, network infrastructure project leader at House of Fraser, the company chose McAfee because of its multi-platform support, detection rates, user interface and seamless integration.
"We tested the McAFee products through a stringent evaluation process and McAFee met our exacting testing standards. In addition, the McAfee products were best value for money as compared to other products in this sector," Davis said.
Jeff Honeycombe, vice president of Europe at McAfee, said: "In evaluating our anti-virus products House of Fraser focused heavily on system performance and user interface of our NT products. We demonstrated to House of Fraser that our products were capable of running in true native Windows NT mode on servers and workstations and supporting both Windows NT 3.5 and 4.0."
House of Fraser also looked at anti-virus products from Symantec and DR Solomon's.
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