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(A)head In The Clouds

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The cloud landscape is rapidly changing. A survey conducted by Symantec showed that between public, private and hybrid deployments, 23 per cent of business information, globally, is being stored in the cloud. Advanced cyber attacks by governments and crime syndicates are likely to target highly profitable data centres and high profile clouds. In the face of these new challenges, organisations of all sizes will need a rigorous cloud approach and industry leading partners to help navigate through the cloud complexities. Symantec intends to help companies successfully migrate into safe clouds of the future by extending its security, data storage and information management expertise.

According to their vision, in five years, companies will operate in a converged IT world of cloud, virtualisation and mobile computing where clouds are safe. IT organisations will have better visibility, control and compliance across their private and public clouds.

“Symantec protects companies, information and people with proven solutions an dindustry leading technologies,” said Anand Naik, Managing Director – Sales, India & SAARC, Symantec. “Wherever companies go with clouds, Symantec will provide the protection and control they need across public and private cloud environments.”

To achieve this safe clouds environment, the IT industry needs to enforce rigorous cloud strategies around the protection of policy, information, people and infrastructures.

A Vision for Safe Clouds
Explosion of many interconnected clouds, architectures and cloud-connected devices
The proliferation of cloud-based applications and services will continue to grow as information explodes across IT networks, public and private clouds, mobile devices and other connected endpoints. Companies are shifting to hybrid cloud environments operating in public and private clouds,either hosted on premise or off premise. The cloud complexities increase specifically around protection, data management and control.


Clouds of the future will be safe, agile and efficient
With safe clouds, companies will transition confidential customer and sensitive business information to the clouds. They will realize the full cloud benefits of increasedsecurity, data control and availability while users experience greater productivity and mobile-to-cloud accessibility. In contrast, clouds will deliver improved scalability, affordability and compliance as compared to traditional data centers.

Clouds will be the new norm
IT will build new clouds and infrastructures from the ground up. Important workloads will shift from on premise to off premise clouds. Companies will reap cloud benefits, cost savings and advanced protection as new business models, new use of technologies and new ways to interact with information become available. As cloud computing advances, a need arises for specialized skills, policies and architectures. Companies will experience new demands around IT risk and compliance, governance, data privacy and regulatory requirements.