MSP Cloud Feature Article
November 05, 2012

Symantec Offers Future Vision of the Cloud and Announces New Line of Cloud-Enabled Solutions

Symantec (News - Alert) Corp. has a vision of what the cloud will be like in five years, and that landscape consists of a converged world in which cloud, virtualization and mobile computing are completely safe. The company envisions IT organizations having better visibility, control and compliance across both their private and public clouds in the future, and this will be accomplished through better security, data storage and information management.

The security giant is sharing its future vision for the cloud along with results of a new survey Symantec plans to publish next week. The survey shows that among public, private and hybrid deployments, 23 percent of business information throughout the world is being stored in the cloud.

Symnatec predicts that advanced cyber attacks by crime syndicates and governments will most likely target high profile clouds and data centers. The company believes that organizations of all sizes will require a rigorous cloud approach with trusted partners to face these new challenges and navigate the complexities of the cloud.

Among the trends observed by Symantec include the proliferation of cloud-based applications and services among IT networks, clouds, mobile devices and connected endpoints. Organizations are shifting to hybrid cloud environments which are hosted on premise or off premises, and cloud complexities related to protection, data management and control are increasing. The company views cloud of the future as safe, agile and efficient, with organizations transitioning confidential customer and sensitive business information to the cloud.

Customers will begin to realize the full benefits of the cloud, including increased security, data control and availability as well as greater user productivity and mobile-to-cloud accessibility. Clouds will also deliver improved scalability, affordability and compliance over traditional data centers. Symantec believes clouds will become the new norm for IT, with workloads shifting from on premise to clouds off premises. Companies will also experience new demands related to IT risk and compliance, governance, regulatory and data privacy requirements as cloud computing advances, requiring more specialized skills, policies and architectures.

The company believes its comprehensive portfolio works with companies of all sizes to meet the demands of the future cloud. Symantec offers three cloud solution models to meet different companies' needs. The first model involves businesses extending their IT to leverage third-party clouds; the second has enterprises building their own clouds; and the third sees companies consuming hosted cloud services from cloud service providers.

To help meet future demand, Symantec has also announced several new solutions and initiatives. Symantec File Share Encryption, which is powered by PGP (News - Alert) Technology, will be available in the first half of 2013. The company's O3 secure cloud access control point will help customers build efficient and available private and public clouds. A Symantec Protection Engine for Cloud Service Providers will also be available, as well as Virtual Business Services, a feature of Veritas Cluster Server that ensures multi-tier applications meet increasing service levels required by IT organizations.

Other new offerings will include Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013, which is already available in several countries, and Symantec cloud services, which include e-mail, web and IM security, archiving and continuity. The company is also offering the Symantec Cloud Security Essentials Training Program, and Symantec CloudSmart for Service Providers as part of its new line of cloud-enabled solutions, services and programs.

"Symantec has proven solutions with industry leading technologies to protect companies, information and people," said Francis deSouza, group president, Enterprise Products and Services, Symantec. "Wherever companies go with clouds, Symantec will provide the protection and control they need across public and private cloud environments."

"The industry recognizes that protection and information management technologies found in traditional IT are accelerating cloud advancements," said David Mitchell (News - Alert) Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow at Gartner Research. "Companies are looking for secure private and public clouds that ensure their data and people are protected."

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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