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PFN | 24 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Symantec will be an active sponsor at this week's VMworld conference in San Francisco with several booth demonstrations, technical presentations and even some fun with a customer event.  I hope to see you there. See a quick run down of our activities this week, a link to a party invite and a link to where you can find most of this information on line. 

Symantec activities at VMworld:

Symantec On the Show Floor

  • At Symantec Booth #1537, we’ll  demonstrate  how we protect virtual environments, cloud solutions and the emerging  software-defined data center with our backup, business continuity, compliance and security solutions.

Symantec Presentations

  • On Monday, August 26
    • 1:00 p.m. - Scaling the Cloud Using VMware: Lessons Learned from Implementing One of the World’s Largest VMware vCloud Director Environments...
Straners | 24 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

In a recent blog, I mentioned how the triple alliance of Physical, Virtual and Cloud can help you to deliver what every business strives for – maximum Service Availability at minimum cost. If you use that triple alliance to this end, you might well decrease CapEx , because you will be investing in less physical hardware.

One key factor I touched on in the previous blog was the ‘25% sticking point’. Namely that, once the low-hanging fruit has been duly harvested, you must then make a choice – and it’s a critical one: “Do I continue down the path to nearly 100% virtualisation?” Or “Do I go beyond virtualisation alone and incorporate cloud-scale operations as the next step in my virtualisation and IT strategy?”

But there’s another major consideration that needs to be addressed at this ‘sticking point...

Straners | 21 May 2013 | 0 comments

HOW TO AVOID THE DARK CLOUDS

 

It isn’t hard to see why Cloud-Based IT Services are becoming such a big draw for businesses – not when cloud is attracting more and more focus, as organisations seek out the best, and most efficient and cost-effective means of storing their essential (and often highly sensitive) data.

One question I’m asked time and again, though, is how fast is the move into the Cloud? You hear all sorts of stats and claims, so it’s time to put a bit of reality around this. If you look at our own latest in-depth survey on this here at Symantec – ‘Avoiding The Hidden Costs of the Cloud’ – it’s clear that customers really are rushing to leverage cloud services, as they extend the reach of their IT deep into the stratosphere. In fact, more than 90% of all organisations are at least discussing Cloud – a sharp...

Robert Mol | 13 May 2013 | 0 comments

 

Creating competitive advantage by realising customers’ unmet and under-served needs is the goal of any progressive business. But you cannot achieve that in any meaningful way, unless you have a strategy that turns those customers into long-term, loyal and committed ones. In other words, believers in the solutions you design and offer them.

It is these principles that Symantec adheres to and has embraced in its 2013 Strategic Direction Plan, focused on three critical areas also defined as the 'Peaks' against which 'right for the customer' offerings are designed:

  • User Productivity & Protection
  • Information Security
  • Information Management: Availability & Scalability.

Importantly, this strategy has not emerged from any ‘deep bunker’ thinking, but from constant engagement with, and feedback from, customers and partners on precisely why they have opted for Symantec’s solutions...

Jon C | 20 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is between a rock and several hard places. Long-castigated for being a soft touch, over the past year it has been increasingly visible in terms of the fines it imposes. These range from individual confidentiality breaches to the large-scale spamming via text with fines commensurate with the scale of the breach.

While nobody would doubt the need for regulation - and enforcement - in matters of data protection, the process followed has come under scrutiny, particularly around reporting of breaches. A recent Computer Weekly article...

Sridhar Ramanathan | 20 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

 

While consumer-accessible, hosted storage is nothing new, it was in the wilderness a number of years before reaching the mainstream. Early offerings from the likes of now-defunct X:Drive seemed great in principle, offering 5Gb in storage which (back in 2006) sounded like all anyone would ever need. But for one fatal flaw - the bandwidth simply wasn't there. Neither homes nor mobile devices had sufficiently fast throughput capabilities for online storage to be usable. 

 

Half a dozen years later, we can see a very different picture. The consumerisation phenomenon is in full swing, with employees preferring to use their own mobile phones, access online applications that they choose, and indeed make use of hosted storage now that the bandwidth barriers to entry have been removed.

 

While consumerisation is a frequent topic of discussion however, it is normally...

Neal Watkins | 22 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

St. Paul’s Cathedral has dominated the London skyline for more than 300 years, while almost everything around it has changed. From the street to the Shard, the traffic to the tourists, it’s all new, while the Cathedral has stayed the same. The same is true of the data that dominates our lives.

Although you might think data is constantly changing, it remains the one invariable in a dynamic IT landscape. Anyone the wrong side of 40 will remember the different eras of IT. First we had the mainframe period, then the dawn of the PC, followed by the brief, bright light of client/server computing. Next came the Internet and collaborative computing. Throughout the last 30 years, the bedrock of all those eras has been data. Yes, there’s more of it—unstoppable amounts in fact—but it’s always been there, always needed to be protected, secured, and kept available.

Right now, we’re in the post-PC era, where everything is Cloud-enabled, and...

khaley | 11 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

 

The furious discussion about the appropriateness of the term Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) has finally died down and many people are now gun shy about using it. I’m okay with that.  I completely agree that the phrase was overused and over applied. But that doesn’t mean we should bury the term.  First we should properly define it.  Symantec has done that here.  Next, I’m going to go out on a limb and actually praise the use of the term APT.

So what’s to praise about the term APT?  Two things.  First, it was an extremely effect way of getting the attention of people who have for years been ignoring the risk of targeted attacks.  We were able to advance the conversation and get companies out of the mind-set that targeted attacks were something that happened to other people.  If you’re one of the ones that still need proof take a look at the data we...

Sarah Whipp | 13 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

 

In my first blog I talked about the importance of having good data that is coherent across teams and departments. While it’s inevitable that groups will choose reporting periods that show them in the best possible light, senior execs need a single view of the truth.

But what about planning? It is easy to create forward projections that are more optimistic than realistic, particularly in the current financial climate. While can be difficult to predict buying behaviours with any certainty, however, it should be more straightforward to present sensible worst-case scenarios. But is it?

A long time ago, when I was an idealistic young marketing exec, I prepared a detailed business plan for one if my managers. He looked it through and threw it back at me. “That's no good,” he said, “I need a better worst case scenario.” In other words, one which wasn’t quite as bad. At the time I thought that was the craziest expression I...

Jose Iglesias | 06 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

 

Isn't it funny how the human race can be so fickle? A few years ago, everybody - individuals, corporations, governments - was concerned about the future of the planet. To the extent that it coloured many discussions: "What's your green story?" was a pretty standard question for an industry analyst to ask, and public sector organisations were including sustainability criteria on their RFPs.

 

That was, of course, before the small matter of the global financial crisis, which understandably distracted attention from such altruistic aspirations. Current thinking suggests that we are happy to let our children's children worry about their own futures, while we concern ourselves with more pressing challenges such as keeping the business afloat, or putting food on the table.

 

Interestingly enough, the wave of attention about the planet's imminent collapse...