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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.

Build Efficient and Available Private and Public Clouds

  • Virtual Business Services is a feature of Veritas Cluster Server to ensure multi-tier applications meet the increasing service levels IT organisations are required to deliver.
  • Symantec Protection Engine for Cloud Services Providers protects applications from threats caused by SMTP emails, mobile phone emails, web access, Internet downloads and files on cloud storage sites. This comprehensive protection service offers turnkey solutions for cloud service providers and companies building their own in-house cloud services.

Consume Clouds Safely

  • Symantec.cloud services include Email, Web and IM security, archiving and continuity.
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 simplifies information protection specifically for small-medium businesses (SMBs) and offers one subscription with the choice to deploy on-premise or as a cloud-managed service. Customers get the same robust security features in a deployment that works for their individual needs. Those who wish to start with the on-premise solution can also change to the cloud-managed service later without incurring additional costs.

In addition, as clouds become more complex, companies will need to expand their IT expertise in order to execute cloud policies and architectures. Symantec has introduced Symantec Cloud Security Essentials Training and Symantec CloudSmart for Service Providers, two new cloud training programmes to help our partners and customers expand their IT expertise in order to execute cloud policies and architectures.

Regardless of where organisations are on their cloud journey, it is important to understand cloud computing in its principal forms; whether it is consuming cloud-based services, building a private cloud, or working in a hybrid cloud environment. Just as important are the issues of security and availability. This is exactly why Symantec is developing improved solutions such as encryption, data loss prevention, backup and archiving tools that will protect and secure data wherever it is being stored and accessed.

As we rapidly evolve into a new world of seamless interconnectivity, Symantec also recognises the key role our partner community will play in this transition. Working closely together, we can help customers implement a safe and secure cloud strategy, improving their productivity and, ultimately, help them reach the true potential of cloud computing with confidence.

 

We foresee cloud outages to become more prevalent even though cloud is increasingly used to protect information. There will be a significant increase in cloud outages in 2013, resulting in millions of dollars lost. Companies will continue to put resources behind cloud offerings as these outages will have a more significant impact than ever before.

Infrastructures that have scaled quickly with handwritten code and that utilise inefficient shared resources will result in major outages for the cloud computing market. The need to manage and protect data put in the cloud will lead to more adoption of backup and disaster recovery appliances. Cloud service providers will also begin to innovate more secure and efficient recovery of data and applications.

 

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