“Quite an attractive proposition,” is how Symantec’s managing director for the Pacific region, David Sykes, describes the company’s upcoming enterprise security software offering.
Code-named Hamlet, the new enterprise level offering draws on experiences and knowledge from Symantec purchases like Sybase, Veritas and Whole Security.
Sykes says the security giant was led by consumers when it developed Hamlet.
“The market leads us. Our consumer business is one of the strongest points we have. The threats have changed recently; I think some people might have become complacent. We’re now dealing with stealthy threats; the old issue is very different today.”
One of the features Symantec has focused on is the single, consolidated administration console. The company is expected to roll out its internal beta in the near future, before releasing a beta to selected partners.
“We have some partners here in New Zealand wanting to run the beta programme with us,” says Sykes. “In addition we will provide resellers and vendors with a not-for-resale product; it sends a powerful message to customers.”
Sykes admits that performance might be an issue for some users, and that the release will hopefully coincide with some companies refreshing hardware.
“If there are any issues, it will most likely be with performance. This is, to some extent, driven by a hardware refresh cycle, and users will get a better response from the product using newer systems.”
Sykes says there will be an opportunity for resellers to add real value to the finished product.
“Value-added resellers are very important to us, and there can be some value in adding services like migration, deployment and servicing. With the rollout there are chances to add services like project management and development.”