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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...

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...

Sian John | 17 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Should security-conscious businesses be running applications in the cloud? In addition to frequently cited concerns (data sovereignty, management console points of failure and so on), the nature of cloud models has a number of architectural, and therefore security implications.
 
Cloud-based applications are by their nature distributed, benefiting from elastic infrastructure (processing, memory and storage) which can be scaled according to demand. Applications built for the cloud are increasingly architected based on the principle that hardware failure may (and sometimes does (http://www.policymic.com/articles/10526/amazon-crash-causes-instagram-and-netflix-to-blackout-is-cloud-computing-ready-for-prime-time)) happen.
 
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bjornengelhardt | 29 May 2013 | 0 comments

by Bjorn Engelhardt, VP, Strategic Sales & Cloud – Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec

Recently, myself and our new Symantec AR manager for APJ, Sancharini Mazumdar, ‘met’ online with a number of our key regional analysts to offer some insights into Symantec’s latest announcements and provide an update on the ‘Symantec Vision 2013’ for the region. Much of this vision is about solving customers’ largest unmet and under-served needs, while reducing complexity and increasing simplification.

This is all very much part of the revolution taking place within Symantec right now, the core of which is based on delivering more value for our customers – whether they be consumers, small businesses, large enterprises or countries all around the world. What will this revolution be based on? Most importantly, the goal of better meeting customer needs through internal innovation and driving faster organic growth. And it’...