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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...
D Thomson | 10 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Managing technology in business was never simple. You can go back ten, twenty, even thirty years and find articles about how senior IT roles have struggled to deliver new systems and services whilst keeping existing capabilities running, fending off security challenges, or coping with the always-disgruntled user base. Some things never change.

So, when we look at how the CIO's role is changing, it's not like it is starting from any fixed position, a time when decision making was easier or things 'just worked' - they never 'just worked' ! Decades ago, technology started fragmenting, becoming more distributed as Moore's law enabled computers to become smaller - mainframes begat mini-computers, which then were overtaken by client-server architectures and then by highly virtualised infrastructures.

The trend continues. For example, 'consumerisation' is the tag given to the phenomenon of powerful computers becoming small...

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 | 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...

Karsten Jahn | 08 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

In this year's SMB index, we asked 17 survey questions of some 2,452 SMBs across 20 countries, distilling the answers into a single “SMB IT Confidence Index”. By doing so we were able to group respondents into how confident they were in their approach to IT, comparing top performers with the bottom tier.

The headline findings are compelling. Not only do 81% top-tier businesses feel that strategic use of IT was effective at increasing market share, compared to 35% of bottom-tier companies. But also, more confident attitudes to computing have a positive impact on IT:

  • 51% of top-tier businesses report fewer cyber-attacks overall, compared to 13% of bottom-tier businesses.
  • 37% of the top-tier report shorter backup windows, against 10% of the bottom-tier.
  • 58% of the top-tier rate storage management as easier, versus 12% of the bottom-tier. 

The real...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 06 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Dennis Technology Labs offers a range of testing services that are focussed on performance benchmarking hardware and software products.

Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2013 was ranked as one of the most accurate programs in the latest Home Anti-Virus Protection Report.The report aims to compare the effectiveness of anti-malware products provided by well-known security companies. The products were exposed to internet threats that were live during the test period. This exposure was carried out in a realistic way, closely reflecting a customer’s experience.
These results reflect what would have happened if a user was using one of the products and visited an infected website.

Highlights

  • The effectiveness of free and paid-for anti-malware security suites varies widely.
  • Blocking malicious sites based on reputation is an effective approach.
  • Some anti-malware...
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...

Symantec Analyst Relations | 25 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Last week we announced Symantec Data Insight 4.0 to help IT administrators take back control of dark data. Lack of insight into this information is due to the rapid growth of unstructured dark data, which is generally poorly managed and stored. Many data centers literally have petabytes of unstructured information (documents, presentations, spreadsheets and emails) that an organization accumulates over time and is in the dark when it comes to its content, ownership and usage.

With this latest version of Data Insight, Symantec continues to integrate its storage and security offerings, providing organizations a unified approach to data governance. Data Insight 4.0 represents the progress on Symantec’s commitment to integrate solutions, making it easier for organizations to protect and manage their information.

Symantec Data Insight helps organizations improve unstructured data governance through actionable...

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...