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Straners | 10 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Few areas of IT seem to be gaining as much attention at the moment as cloud orchestration, as represented by OpenStack and CloudStack, VMWare and the like. The debates in the blogosphere and on social media could suggest nothing short of all-out war as different vendors and groups back one approach or another. 

To understand what's going on, it is best to start with the elephant in the room - Amazon, whose Elastic Compute Cloud(EC2) service (now part of its AWS portfolio) scared the socks off other vendors when it came to market - not least because it offered a fundamentally different approach to computing, compared to traditional, in-house systems. 

The Amazon model is based on the enormous power of virtualisation, which enables processing workloads to be allocated to computer hardware far more dynamically than was possible in the past. This is what gives EC2 its '...

D Thomson | 12 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Over the past few weeks my colleagues and I had the opportunity to meet with many of you and even attend some of the industry events including analyst conferences. I felt the need to blog today, however, based on the level of excitement that I have been picking from my Symantec colleagues “I think we got it right…”, “At last, it feels like we are ahead of the curve…”, “It’s nice hearing that all of our efforts are aligned to where the industry is going..”.

What are my colleagues referring to? The Symantec 4.0 strategy and, more specifically, the almost spooky similarities between its intended outcomes and the trends in the market that you, the industry analysts, are telling us to watch.

Below I have highlighted some of the “Trends To Watch” and aligned them to some of the things we at Symantec are doing...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 13 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

This blog was originally posted in Information Unleashed.

Symantec’s first State of Information report examined how organizations are dealing with information today, in light of significant changes in the data center. Symantec’s Digital Information Index sheds light on where information is being stored today, as well as some of the challenges that businesses are dealing with as a result of this transition in the way we store and access our information.

Information is moving from traditional storage in data centers to devices outside of the corporate firewall. This new category of unorganized, duplicative information is referred to as “information sprawl.” Symantec’s Digital Information Index provides a barometer for information sprawl in different areas of the world. The Index shows that in certain growing...

GregDay-SecurityCTO | 22 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

There is often talk of the growth in mobile threats and, in 2011, we saw significant growth, in terms of volume as a percentage. Yet, as a total of the numbers involved, these were still relatively small – in the thousands, rather than hundreds of millions that unleashed themselves on the PC last year.

At the same time, we did see far greater innovation in the nature of mobile threats, with attackers focusing in on finding vulnerabilities to exploit, such as the botnet concept, as well as where money can be made and information stolen through smart devices.

So what is the right way to manage that threat and soften its impact?

Let me start by looking at process – and please bear with me as I do. In the past 10 years, the cost of a laptop computer has plunged by a massive 90%, while already it’s...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 25 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

"Sometimes I like to think of Symantec as an elephant," said Angela Tucci, Symantec’s chief strategy officer, over lunch at London’s Soho Hotel. "Depending on which side of the elephant you look at," she explained, "you get a completely different perspective of the creature."

Read the following interview with Angela Tucci, Chief Strategy Officer at Symantec on her views around Mobile, Cloud, Virtualization, strategic acquisitions and rebranding Symantec here

Symantec Analyst Relations | 12 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

By John Brigden, Senior Vice President, EMEA

This blog was originally posted in Information Unleashed: The Official Voice of Symantec

The dramatic news that one of the U.K.’s leading financial services organisations had suffered a data outage that led to millions of customers unable to access their accounts should be a wake-up call for every CIO. The event tells them that their operation is entirely dependent on IT and in particular on the IT resources they have to run their systems.

Read the blog here

D Thomson | 31 May 2012 | 0 comments

Some of the reticence around using “the Cloud” seems to have come from the question of whether it can be trusted – particularly when it comes to managing corporate data. Cloud has its risks, just like any architecture or approach, which need to be weighed up against the risks of running things in-house. 

I think there is a bigger question however, which goes beyond mere risk. Cloud computing came into existence as part of a natural progression in how we use technology resources. But this goes far wider than merely cloud. Two additional factors illustrate the broader landscape, namely how we are becoming more mobile, and how people are increasingly making their own technology decisions. 

This is not the moment to delve into these parallel trends, respectively nicknamed mobility and consumerisation. The point is that they are inextricably linked, and internet-based technology service delivery – aka cloud computing – is another...

D Thomson | 07 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Over the years, I've seen a fair few maturity models applied to systems managementand IT service delivery, a while back “organic IT”, then “utility computing” and more recently to private cloud computing. In general they allaspire to reach “level 4” within the following model:

 

- 1 - Unstructured or chaotic - a free-for-all in which anything goes

- 2 - Structured - a basic handle on what's going on but still on the back foot

- 3 - Managed - things are properly under control and co-oordinated

- 4 - Dynamic - the kind of agile, responsive management all aspire to

 

Now I don't want to question such models, as they are generally pretty good. However, not many of the organisations I have visited have anything approaching level 4, or if they do, it is in a few isolated areas of the organisation. All the same, IT and business goes on so clearly they must be doing something right....

D Thomson | 01 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

With many organisations giving cloud computing serious consideration, a question we are often asked is, "Should we be putting our data in the cloud?" Organisations should be concerned about their data, wherever it is - it's a strategic business asset, after all. Indeed, this concern should extend to wherever the data is, depending on what it is and how it is being used. 

Each organisation is different and no blog post would be long enough to map out all the different risks and options, but we can get an idea of where to look for causes of concern. Here we separate risks out into non-scientific but nonetheless helpful categories of security, privacy, supplier and compliance. 

Security risks first, then. When we say data need to be kept secure, what we're really thinking is that malicious third parties can't get hold of it, to use or damage it in some way. Of course you need some kind of assurance that a cloud provider is protecting your...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 04 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

The concept of cloud brokering had been drawing more attention lately. In particular, Gartner has developed quite a bit of market analysis on the topic. Most of these analyses tend to focus on the business of cloud brokering. However, I find it insightful to consider the potential technology platforms associated with cloud brokering.

Very often, the largest and most durable technology businesses are strongly intertwined with differentiated, scalable, hard to replicate technology platforms (i.e. databases, operating systems, search engines) By nature, these platforms provide a long-term sustaining competitive advantage. Furthermore, when it comes to corporate strategic investment or VC funding, the ability to articulate breakout platform opportunities can prove invaluable. Platform envy can significantly increase investors...