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UK businesses say the cloud is falling short of expectations

Daniel Todd

9 Jul, 2019

The benefits of the cloud are still not living up to UK firms’ expectations, according to research.

Less than half (44%) of companies surveyed say the flexibility of the cloud has matched their expectations, followed by improved security (43%) and efficiencies (31%), the research – which was carried out by Research Without Barriers (RWB) – found. 

Just 19% of businesses believe cloud mobility is delivering on expectations, while a further 19% say the cloud has given them a greater user experience. Additionally, a strikingly-low 13% also say it supports business innovation.

“The cloud is fast becoming the preferred choice for positive digital disruption, but it seems it’s not giving businesses what they want on a number of levels,” said Jon Wrennall, CTO at digital software and services provider Advanced, which commissioned the research. The study forms part of the firm’s 2019 Digital Business Report, which surveyed more than 500 senior decision makers spanning small, medium and large businesses throughout the UK. 

“This is a concern simply because the cloud can – and should – deliver these benefits and more.”

At a time when cloud spending continues to be on the rise, according to Gartner, the survey also found that only 50% of respondents believe the cloud should be “inherent in all business software their organisation uses.”

“It begs the question: are organisations being distracted by hyped-up cloud tools over prioritising software that is relevant to their own unique needs? And are they not being given the right third-party support to realise the cloud’s value?” Wrennall added. 

“The right strategy and guidance will help organisations get the maximum benefits from the cloud as well as dictate what business functions they should migrate to the cloud because, in certain cases, some functions are actually best kept on-premise.”

Large businesses are also utilising a range of tools to improve efficiencies spanning CRM and ERP. 

Some 63% said their organisation should be using multiple software solutions to run their operations – as opposed to a single, unified platform – citing the unique requirements of different departments (63%), increased flexibility this offers (53%) and the lower risk of failure (38%).

Less than half (47%) of smaller businesses said its various department needs can be met by a single solution.

However, Wrennell added that multiple software solutions – whether cloud-based or on-premise – must be integrated to “truly improve business performance and productivity.”

Survey respondents agree with the sentiment, too, with 70% reporting that a lack of integration between business software is holding them back from achieving successful digital transformation.

Symantec and Fortinet team up to deliver comprehensive cloud security service

Daniel Todd

12 Dec, 2018

Cyber security firms Symantec and Fortinet have announced an expansive partnership that aims to deliver comprehensive security services across endpoint, network and cloud environments.

As part of the deal, Fortinet’s FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) will be integrated into Symantec’s cloud-delivered Web Security Service (WSS), resulting in “the most comprehensive set of cloud-delivered threat prevention capabilities in a single service on the market”, according to the companies.

Symantec’s endpoint protection will also be combined with the Fortinet Security Fabric platform to provide customers with real-time, actionable threat intelligence and automated response to tackle exploit-driven attacks and advanced malware.

“As the first step in this technology partnership, we plan to deliver best-of-breed security through the combination of enterprise-class advanced firewall controls to Symantec’s industry-leading network security service,” said Art Gilliland, EVP and GM of enterprise products at Symantec.

“Through this partnership, we hope to provide joint customers the power of Symantec’s Integrated Cyber Defense Platform bolstered by Fortinet’s leading NGFW in an integrated solution that’s easy to use and deploy.”

Interoperability between Fortinet’s SD-WAN technology will also be certified to work with Symantec’s WSS through the latter’s Technology Integration Partner Program (TIPP), while the agreement will also see both firms engage in joint go-to-market activities.

“Upon completion of the integration, Symantec cloud web gateway customers will be able to benefit from Fortinet’s enterprise-class advanced firewall controls, and for the first time ever, Fortinet customers will be able to purchase the industry-leading FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall via FWaaS,” said John Maddison, SVP of products and solutions at Fortinet.

“With the addition of Symantec as a Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner, Symantec’s endpoint security solution will be validated to seamlessly integrate with the Fortinet Security Fabric platform to provide more consistent and effective protection for joint customers.”

Some elements of the Fortinet Security Fabric have already been integrated with Symantec Endpoint Protection and the companies are planning to explore further possibilities in the future. The cloud firewall service and WSS integration is expected to be available during the first half of 2019.