Symantec outlines phased product roadmap

Symantec outlines phased product roadmap

Only weeks after the acquisition of Veritas officially closed, Symantec has rolled out a product roadmap for the next 18 months.

However, the roadmap doesn't include any Veritas products but when the two companies do develop a joint product set it will concentrate on securing and storing e-mail, or as Symantec calls it "information integrity".

Phase one of the plan, which applies to the next six months, involves product testing and certification.

Phase two is the development of a common user interface and licensing for both products.

Phase three will be the release of "information integrity management solutions based on shared technology"; however, that is not expected inn less than 12 months.

As part of the strategy, previous regional director John Donovan will become vice president of channels for the Asia-Pacific and Japan.

New Symantec Pacific region vice president, David Sykes, said it will take at least 18 months before the merged company can leverage the technologies, talents, skills and data of both companies.

"We will start with looking at how to bundle our products and there is clearly the opportunity for us to deliver the integrity message and solutions around that in the e-mail area in particular - that is the place to focus as we move forward," Sykes said.

"The second phase of our roadmap is where things start to get a little more interesting - that is where we will look for common user interfaces between products and, most important of all, the Symantec live update capability will be built into available products.

"Right now we are working on what the logical linkages are between the two products, because you don't take all this crap and bang it together as there are going to be some bits that make sense to link and other bits that make sense to leave alone. In the same way, e-mail is a bundling opportunity right now."

Sykes added that the company is working on getting data from Deep Site and distilling down into formats that can be read via Live Update.

Both representatives confirmed there will be no lay-offs in Australia as a result of the merger.

"I would love to be able to say there is a massive overlap in back-end infrastructure operations, but that has not been the case," Sykes said.

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