MSI Systems Integrators Named Symantec VAR of the Year: MSI Recognized as a Leading Channel Partner at Symantec's Annual North America Partner Conference

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MSI Systems Integrators (MSI), a leading comprehensive solution provider of hardware, software and services, today announced that Symantec recognized the company as the VAR of the Year at Symantec's annual partner conference - Partner Engage 2007 - in San Diego on September 11. MSI was recognized for its dedication and commitment to selling security and availability solutions, as well as its overall performance in revenue, deal registration, technical and marketing investments, and certifications.

Each year, Symantec seeks to recognize partners that have demonstrated the ability to sell the Symantec portfolio of security, storage and compliance solutions - helping their customers manage IT risk in order to maximize IT performance

    "We're honored to accept the VAR of the Year award," said Jim Simpson, president and CEO, MSI Systems Integrators. "It's a reflection of the commitment and focus we've invested with Symantec products, security solutions and our ProtectionCenters, which have resulted in an acceleration of revenues and technical focus for security."

In its fiscal year 2007, MSI increased its Symantec revenue by more than 700% and continued to be a leader in identifying and closing deals in Symantec's Partner Opportunity Registration Program. In addition, MSI completed several certifications on Symantec products, including Enterprise Vault and Control Compliance Suite and received multiple Symantec Technical Specialist (STS) and Symantec Sales Expert (SSE) accreditations including:

Symantec Technical Specialties (STS) Accreditations:

-- Enterprise Vault

-- Control Compliance Suite

-- Data Protection Professional for Windows using NetBackup

-- High Availability Professional for UNIX using VCS

Symantec Sales Expert (SSE) Accreditations:

-- Symantec AntiVirus / Symantec Client Security

-- Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers

-- Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery

-- Symantec BindView Policy Manager

-- Symantec Endpoint Protection

-- Symantec IM Manager

-- Veritas Cluster Server

"Each year, Symantec seeks to recognize partners that have demonstrated the ability to sell the Symantec portfolio of security, storage and compliance solutions - helping their customers manage IT risk in order to maximize IT performance," said Randy Cochran, vice president, Channel Sales - Americas, Symantec. "The Symantec Partner Awards provide us with a platform to publicly acknowledge these great achievements."

Symantec recognizes partners around North America whose innovation and depth of expertise raise them to a top level. The VAR of the Year award is based on combined criteria including year-over-year revenue growth, breadth of solution focus and investment in the partnership. The Symantec Awards Program is governed by the Symantec Partner Program. The announcement of the award took place at Symantec Partner Engage 2007 on September 11, 2007 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

More than 300 partners from the U.S., Canada, and Latin America attended Symantec's annual Partner Engage event in Coronado, CA on September 10-12, where top Symantec executives addressed partners via various keynotes and breakout sessions on relevant topics including Endpoint Protection, IT Compliance, data protection, the Symantec Partner Program, and services and support.

About MSI Systems Integrators

MSI Systems Integrators helps companies make their businesses better by providing IT optimization, enterprise security, unified communications, business intelligence, business integration, business continuity, content management and open source solutions. A leading provider of hardware, software and services, MSI has deep technical skills and partners with technology leaders such as IBM, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Symantec, Brocade and VMware to provide world-class business solutions that help companies be more responsive, productive and resilient. MSI is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with offices throughout the United States. For more information about MSI, please visit or call 800-640-4674, extension 2394.

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