Network Associates has launched an offensive against IBM's recent tie up with Symantec in the antivirus world.
The network security and management software company has promised 100 per cent credit to users who swap IBM antivirus products for its own. The offer is the second swift reaction this week to Big Blue's development and marketing link-up with Network Associates? arch rival Symantec.
In the deal announced last week, IBM will assign its current antivirus customers to Symantec, while the two companies develop a common line of antivirus software products.
Network Associates hopes to scoop IBM OS/2 and AIX users as Symantec does not have products for these platforms.
On Tuesday another competitor, Dr Solomon?s, said it will offer free software to customers who have purchased IBM antivirus products. This caused Symantec?s share price to fall by 14 per cent.
A Symantec spokesman commented: ?They [Network Associates and Dr Solomon?s] are trying to get some scraps from the table but these offers will not impact the market. We?ve got a solid deal and existing customers have reacted positively. Their terms and are no more favourable than ours."
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