November 24, 2017

Symantec locks AWS as its cloud partner for global clients

Leading cyber security company builds a company wide data lake on top of AWS as part of its ‘cloud-first’ strategy.

Cyber security big-gun Symantec has chosen Amazon Web Services as its strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud workloads. This decision was made by Symantec in order to leverage AWS’ infrastructure, scale and their maturity to deliver cloud security to its global customers. Symantec’s relationship with AWS is long-term and bi-directional, with Symantec not only making a major operational move to AWS, but also tapping the global footprint of the AWS Marketplace to deliver its security services.

Symantec has built a data lake on AWS that collects tens of terabytes of data every day from 175 million endpoints and more than 57 million attack sensors.

Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS said:

By taking advantage of the benefits of deploying their software on AWS, Symantec has been able to accelerate its pace of innovation, gain deeper insights through their company-wide data lake, and use that knowledge to make better informed business decisions. We look forward to working with Symantec to deliver world-class security to global customers.

According to Raj Patel, Vice President of Cloud Platform Engineering at Symantec, Symantec’s cloud first approach to engineering required a highly reliable infrastructure.

He further added by saying that:

Symantec is committed to protecting the cloud generation through our leading security products, as well as leveraging the cloud to deliver our services. AWS’ experience serving some of the most risk-sensitive enterprise customers was an important part of the decision to choose AWS as we execute on our enterprise Integrated Cyber Defense strategy.

Symantec’s alliance with AWS has raised some eyebrows as just last month, Symantec subsidiary Norton Security struck a deal with rival Microsoft Azure for its own cloud requirements. It seems Symantec is hedging its bets  for the future by forging alliances with both prominent cloud giants.

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