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Agents of Change: Symantec

Jack Loo | Jan. 30, 2013
Singapore’s IDA unveiled its Infocomm Technology Roadmap outlining nine technology trends that will shape the future. We asked various enterprise IT heavyweights for their perspectives on the Roadmap, and next up, we have Symantec.

In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.

Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space talk about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.

In the fifteenth part of a regular feature, Symantec talks about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Eric Hoh, Vice President, Asia South Region, Symantec.

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Big Data

The launch of Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop allows enterprises to take advantage of Apache Hadoop, a distributed framework for processing large data sets. The solution addresses Hadoop's storage limitations and is built on the Cluster File System, a high-performance file system for fast failover of applications and databases.

Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop was developed to enable data to remain in source systems for analytics processing and as a result, avoid the expense of migrating data to Hadoop. At the same time, the Symantec solution also mitigates Hadoop's single point of failure and enables the use of standard backup and archival tools.

Running Hadoop on the Cluster File System enables organisations to:

  • Run analytics wherever the data sits, eliminating the costly data moves, while scaling to up to 16 petabytes for analysis, including structured, unstructured, and media information.
  • Apply standard enterprise backup and storage capabilities like snapshots, deduplication, and compression, to transform Hadoop storage utilisation to become more efficient, addressing the environment's "triple the storage" limitation.
  • Support existing infrastructure, including the majority of storage arrays, so organisations do not have to purchase any additional hardware to run analytics.
  • Make Hadoop highly available without a potential single point of failure or a performance bottleneck.

When driven by appropriate business requirements, Big Data can provide valuable business insights and enable competitive advantage. Business requirements vary from driving top line, including cross-sell and up-sell opportunities, cost savings from fraud detection, as well as finding operational inefficiencies in organisations. The Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop helps organisations to reduce data centre inefficiencies or incur costly infrastructure upgrades.

According to Symantec's 2012 State of Information survey, an SMB typically processes and stores 563 terabytes of digital data while a larger enterprise would be working with a whopping 100,000 terabytes. These figures are set to expand in 2013 - by 178 percent for SMBs and 67 percent for enterprises. On the back of this growth, we predict the following developments for Big Data.


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