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Caroline Dennington | 20 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

As mentioned in Phil’s blog last week, he has asked me to give you a little more insight in to the Verticals focus as part of Symantec 4.0.   Here at Symantec, we understand the strategic importance of the Vertical markets and as part of the transformation, there is now a dedicated Global & Vertical Offerings Integration team.  This team is focused on ensuring the right offerings for our customers across the verticals along with making certain we are addressing new routes to market in order to evolve our go-to-market strategy.

Many of you will know that Steve Bennett communicated earlier this year that there will be four verticals that we are going to focus on namely: Telco, Public Sector, ISPs and XaaS.  We will also continue to focus on other industries such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, Finance and Energy, all verticals where we have seen success over the years.   ...

Sian John | 16 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Cybersecurity is certainly a hype word in the press at the moment. Security professionals and CSOs that are longer in the tooth are saying, "move along, nothing new here" - are they right? To answer this, we need to take into account that we have always had a sliding scale, with security at one end and usability at the other. Remember the old adage that the most secure computer is the one buried in a box, encased in concrete. 

The trouble is, users are like rivers - they will find the easiest way down the hill. If security mechanisms are too taxing, users will look for ways round them - or indeed stop using the systems altogether, for example by storing information locally rather than trying to access unusably secure corporate systems. 

The shifts we are seeing today are largely driven by the increasing speed and complexity of technological change. Not that long ago, organisations were looking to protect computers, systems and databases...

PFN | 13 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

With the summer coming to an end and the analyst event season on the horizon, the AR Team at Symantec is looking forward to seeing many of you in person over the next few months.  We will be reaching out at shows, in person and over the phone to discuss product announcements, roadmaps relevant to our leading products and the new offerings we announced as part of Symantec 4.0. We'll also update you on important organizational news.

With those organizational updates in mind, I think it's worth repeating here recent news you may have missed.  Symantec has nominated not one but two new independent members to join the company’s board.  Both nominees have a wealth of experience and fascinating backgrounds.

The two nominees are

  • Major General Suzanne Vautrinot, retiring commander of the 24th Air Force, the Air Force Service Component of the United States Cyber Command;
  • Anita Sands, PhD, group managing director, head...
Straners | 09 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

We've been talking about business continuity for years. No, make that decades. While a standard for business continuity planning has only existed since 2006, organisations have been defining what happens in the case of a serious issue - fire, theft, flood or otherwise - since the last millennium. 

Surely then, that means the topic is already dealt with! Do we really need to talk about it anymore? The answer is yes - but not because organisations are bad at it, quite the contrary. Rather, the way that it is done is costing an awful lot more than it needs. 

Consider a retail customer I spoke to recently. We picked a core application at random, which had a database size of 13GB. However, taking into account RAID, disk replication, cross-site duplication and then off-site data protection, the amount of physical disk space being  used in the name of Business Continuity was 840GB. That's over 60 times more, for a simple application with a...

PFN | 05 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

One message is coming back loud and clear from Symantec's customers: "We like the core technologies you give us, but, in a lot of cases, we need the offerings to be tailored more specifically for us."

It's understandable, and something we are very aware of at Symantec and try to react to. If you're a small business, for example, you may want to consume our products in a certain way – such as in the form of a Web service – while, if you are a consumer, you may want it delivered quite differently.

To that end, a key goal of the Symantec 4.0 strategy is to deliver a ’Right for Me’ offering – that is, a combination of a technology that provides the right levels of protection with a solution that best meets a customer’s particular requirements . That might be gauged by the size of the customer (large enterprise versus small business) or according to how they want to consume the offering: e.g. , as a service,...

PFN | 30 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Happy July 30th.

In case you missed it, Symantec just published its June quarter earnings (our fiscal first quarter).   I've included the highlights below plus a link to the full press release. If you're interested and in the right time zone, there's also information on our earnings conference, which happens at 2 p.m. Pacific today (July 30th). If you can't make the earnings conference and want to hear what's said, we typically publish a link to a replay of the conference, plus related financial information on our Investor Relations Page at http://investor.symantec.com/investor-relations/default.aspx

Conference Call

Symantec has scheduled a conference call for 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT today to discuss the results of its fiscal first quarter 2014, ended June 28, 2013 and to review guidance. Interested...

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...

PFN | 23 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Welcome to the first entry in my new blog, designed to provide the industry analyst community covering Symantec with occasional updates on our company. I’ll try to make these communiqués quick, informative and a little less dry than an Asahi Beer ( a personal favorite, right up there with Tiger Beer from Singapore). But I digress. Today I’m sharing a recent Forbes article written about Symantec’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Gilllett, at the heart of much change at Symantec. There’s also an update on soon-to-come product roadmap updates and our upcoming earnings call. For those of you who saw this update via email, excuse the redundancy, but I do appreciate the loyal following. Please let me know what you’d like to hear from us. Cheers.

Forbes Article on Symantec COO - Although Symantec CEO Steve Bennett is the name most associated with the changes taking place as part of Symantec 4.0, Chief Operating Officer...

D Thomson | 02 Jul 2013 | 3 comments

The current business and consumer landscape is evolving fast. Information volumes are growing, regulations are tightening, attacks are becoming more sophisticated, organisations and people are raising expectations on what technology can do for them. 

As a result, the way we think about IT is being forced to evolve. New technologies - virtualisation and cloud, social and mobile - bring new opportunities but, at the same time, cause new issues and risks. 

We see these challenges across our customer base. Storage issues in virtualised environments, information sprawl across physical, virtual and cloud environments, fragmentation risks to traditional security models, uncontrolled use of mobile devices, difficulties of brokering and controlling cloud services… the list goes on. 

Many, if not all IT departments have little choice but to "get with the new" in order to cope with the consequences, even as they manage...

Straners | 02 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

What every business wants and strives for is IT Service Availability at lower cost. But how you achieve this is a challenge that really concentrates the mind. Moving forward, a triple alliance between Physical, Virtual and Cloud will be the route that most organisations choose to deliver against their availability goals. The big test is deciding which service you should put into what ‘bucket’ of this alliance.

Let’s start off by thinking about business-critical services. These require availability and protection at all times, regardless of whether they reside on a physical server, a virtual machine or potentially both. It is easy to create new virtual machines; it’s not so easy to manage them when too many are generated. On top of that, what are the aggregated server management costs? While the lure of life in the Cloud will supposedly remove capital investment, who actually pays the ‘Cloud bill’ at the end of the month? Getting the...