Symantec Makes Channel Partners A Big Part Of Its Cloud Strategy

Symantec plans to move most if not all of its storage and security applications to the cloud while making sure the cloud becomes a channel-friendly place in which to do business.

The company is planning to make its cloud strategy more clear during its Symantec Partner Engage conference, held this week in Las Vegas.

Symantec's three-part cloud strategy includes making most of its products available as part of a hosted solution, providing the ecosystem to help partners take advantage of those hosted solutions in a cloud, and providing the parts needed to bridge that cloud to what customers are doing on-premise, said John Magee, vice president of product marketing for the company.

However, Magee said, solution providers should not expect the adoption of cloud computing to happen quickly.

"Symantec believes the cloud will have a significant impact on our business and the industry," he said. "But this will happen over several years. No one is flipping a switch."


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