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Symantec focuses on data center, addresses integration issues

Symantec outlines five systems management functions it plans to focus on this year as it tries to integrate acquisitions and become a trusted name in the data center.

Symantec set its goal this year to clearly define its ability to address data center problems at the intersection of security, storage, and systems management functions. To achieve that, Symantec is concentrating on five areas:

  1. Enterprise security and compliance -- with plans to offer data availability, security and risk assessment, and compliance analysis services to complement existing data recovery, endpoint and message security and archiving products.
  2. Information management -- with products that protect access and integrity, insure availability, and facilitate collaboration.
  3. Extending Windows-platform protection -- in terms of security, back-up, and system management.
  4. IT Risk management -- in the form automated services for risk assessment, performance benchmarking, and alerting based on risk levels and non-compliance.
  5. Data center management -- plans call for automated problem analysis, extended root cause analysis with pattern recognition and transaction tracing, and problem resolution advice for specific platforms.
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Specific product and services details will be announced in the next few months along with more news about their recently introduced Symantec Protection Network Software as a Service offering.

Symantec's challenge

Symantec CEO John Thompson has guided the company through significant growth to a $5 billion position as a major software vendor. He has done this through astute acquisition of products. The corporate weakness has been in slow integration and inefficient leveraging of newly acquired technologies. It was clear at this event that Symantec has begun to move to change this.

As we mentioned in our commentary on the Altiris acquisition, this provides Symantec a great opportunity to leverage its product and technology portfolio with automated corrective action for end-points, problem remediation, and extended monitoring capabilities. The focus is on delivering tighter integration with such Symantec products as Endpoint Protection, Backup Exec, Control Compliance suite, etc. Again, details will be announced over the coming months.

Symantec is positioning itself to play a more significant role in the management space by building enterprise confidence in its product line. The demonstrations and plans underscored its commitment to meet the need for cohesive, complementary solutions. The message is not unique; the challenge will be execution that delivers on the promise.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard Ptak is an analyst with Ptak, Noel & Associates. He has over 30 years experience in systems product management.

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