Global security, storage and systems management provider Symantec has partnered with ICT solutions company XON to offer its Symantec cloud services in South Africa. Cloud services provide essential protection for businesses while virtually eliminating the need to manage hardware and software on-site.
“Regardless of which industry they are in, customers want a managed service that comes with a guaranteed outcome for a predictable, monthly flat fee,” says Deon Prinsloo, divisional head of hardware and software at XON.
“Our partnership gives them just that. It means that customers do not have to pay for costly on-site security resources, nor do they have to pay exorbitant licensing costs. Everything is included in the monthly fee, which is great news in a sluggish economy as it comes out of the operating expenditure budget rather than capex. In addition, these services can be rolled out to customers in a matter of days.”
Symantec launched its 15th cloud data centre – its first in Africa – early in 2011, creating the infrastructure, and data centre facilities for the .cloud services.
The services immediately available are the e-mail security family of services, comprising anti-spam, anti-virus, image control and content control, as well as Enterprise service – the premier hosted mail archiving solution available in the market today.
“We prioritised the services that were in highest demand,” says Mark Smissen, business development manager for in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We have made these services available to both the corporate and SME market segments. Many cloud vendors started out in the SME space and are now trying to grow into the corporate and enterprise sector, whereas has been successful across the market spectrum since inception.”
“As a Symantec Gold Partner, and Symantec’s fastest growing security partner in Africa, XON is now able to offer these services to its own customers,” says Prinsloo. “We can provide security solutions on-site or in the cloud. It’s an evolution in our partnership with Symantec.”
Prinsloo notes that XON deals exclusively with Symantec when offering security solutions to customers, and that the company has invested heavily in the creation of high-end skills in this area, making it one of the most qualified and experienced Symantec partners in the region.
Symantec’s cloud strategy is particularly suited to sub-Saharan Africa, where IT skills are in short supply. “We commoditise services into the cloud and in return our customers enjoy a managed outcome, freeing them up to focus scarce skills on their business,” says Smissen.
“In addition, the nature and number of threats has made it impossible for standalone solutions to keep pace. Leveraging proven economies of scale, is in a unique position to meet and exceed these security requirements.
“What sets Symantec apart from every other IT security company is that we see about one third of the world’s e-mail flowing through our systems every day. We know what is happening and where, and we can bring that intelligence into the cloud offering.”
Smissen says recent Symantec research shows that South African adoption of cloud-based services is rapidly on the rise.
“When it comes to hosted e-mail security, for example, South Africa is the second fastest adopter of all countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the UK in the lead. Our partnership positions XON and Symantec to leverage this adoption while providing a reliable, fast and cost-effective service.”