Symantec Unveils Updates at Vision Conference
Symantec partners will have a lot of new opportunities after the torrent of new initiatives the company unveiled at its annual Vision users conference this week. Announcing a spate of offerings in all of Symantec's sweet spots, from endpoint security to IT governance and backup to storage management, the firm is revving up to finish out the second half of 2011 on a strong note. Channel Insider has taken the liberty of offering partners a round-up of the product announcements bound to make the most impact.
Symantec has big plans to modernize the way organizations backup, recover and discover their data across the IT infrastructure. This starts in the short-term with some key enhancements to its Backup Exec product portfolio and the addition of a cloud-based service designed to cater to the SMB market.
Key among the backup additions :
- The new Symantec V-Ray technology embedded directly into core Symantec NetBackup and Backup Exe offers easily see, protect, and recover their virtual machines with the same solution that protects their physical environments. Symantec likens it to 'X-Ray' vision into virtual environments, ideally giving customers a way to reduce labor-intensive file and application recovery efforts and comfortably expand virtualized infrastructure without worrying about backup capabilities.
- Other updates included in Backup Exec 2010 are SSL support from the agent to the server, as well as improved archiving for data management and recovery. SSL support gives an extra layer of security for customers that transmit backup data across the WAN or to a private cloud. Meanwhile, the archiving enhancements complement backup by helping companies identify what to store, what to delete and when to move older data to secondary systems, while ensuring fast discovery and recovery of older data.
Symantec is also extending its Backup Exec solution to the cloud with Backup Exec.cloud, and a preconfigured backup appliance that will remove the need for hardware and software integration for small business end users. Expected to be available later this year, Symantec Backup Exec.cloud will automatically protect the data on Windows desktops and servers with simple, online backup and recovery.
This week Symantec also announced plans to release a major new update to its Veritas centralized management platform early next year. Symantec says the new functionality in Veritas Operations Manager 4.0 will give IT professionals the ability to take action based on the results of its extensive reporting capabilities.
Organizations will be able to allocate storage to servers based on business requirements, utilize thin storage capabilities, implement policy-based storage tiering, and manage multi-vendor storage chargeback reporting, all while getting a better understanding of the current state of their storage resources. It also automates the start and stop of multi-tiered applications running in physical and virtual environments to increase uptime and administrator efficiency.
Additionally, Veritas Operations Manager will provide extensive support across operating systems, server virtualization and physical server and storage platforms. This breadth and depth of integration gives organizations a single tool that can be used across the infrastructure to centrally manage and improve visibility into the underlying dependencies for applications running in virtual environments to reduce to risk of outages and provide the right information when taking action.
Announced for the second half of 2011, Symantec Enterprise Vault 10 will add data classification service (DCS) to its capabilities. This new feature leverages Symantec's data loss prevention technology to analyze email content and metadata to automatically classify the email and assign the appropriate archiving and retention policy for that message or even flag the message to be reviewed for compliance reasons.
Additionally, through new partnerships with CommonDesk, FaceTime, Globanet, Hanzo and Socialware, Enterprise Vault 10 automatically archives social media interactions for compliance, eDiscovery or corporate governance purposes. Organizations can comply with requirements for social media communications without restricting or banning the use of those tools.
Symantec is also streamlining its branding by renaming its Symantec.cloud email archiving service to Enterprise Vault.cloud starting in June. The service enables organizations of all sizes to address the challenges of email storage management, legal discovery, and regulatory compliance, with the ease and efficiency of a purely hosted archiving service. With no hardware, software, or plug-ins to install and maintain, this solution offers unlimited email storage and retention.
Symantec's bread and butter is in security, so it's no surprise that Vision participants saw the company take the wraps off its new iterations of endpoint protection and security management console, due to come out of beta and go live later in the year. Highlights include:
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 will offer earlier and more accurate detection and blocking of today's advanced persistent threats with improved performance. This tool is built on Insight, Symantec’s community and cloud-based reputation technology. Built for speed and effectiveness in virtual environments, internally-conducted testing of the software in heavily consolidated virtual environments shows a 90 percent reduction in disk usage, thus delivering up to a tenfold increase in consolidation density. Symantec continues to work closely with VMware to take full advantage of virtualization awareness and introspection capabilities based on VMware vShield technology, and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is the first step along the optimization path for virtual and cloud environments.
The endpoint piece goes hand-in-hand with the release of Symantec Protection Center 2.0, a centralized security management console that gives customers a way to summarize and prioritize risk factors across products, groups and regions. It will offer a centralized view across the Symantec security portfolio and third-party products through three levels of integration - single sign-on, data collection and process automation. Organizations will be able to extract local intelligence from their security solutions to identify trends across areas such as malware, spam and assets. Symantec Protection Center delivers context-aware security management by correlating data from enterprise security products along with early warning alerts from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network.