Hughes admitted that his service background has shaped his views regarding Symantec’s future direction. As a result, he revealed that the company’s top three emerging market priorities and new incubator focus areas are SaaS, cloud computing and virtualization. The company views SaaS as business oriented on-demand solutions and cloud computing as its consumer oriented services. Although I see this as an artificial distinction, the heavy emphasis on the overall development of on-demand solutions is the most important message.The SaaS theme even permeates Symantec’s virtualization strategy. An example is the company’s new SaaS oriented Veritas Storage and Availability Management Operations Service aimed at large-scale enterprises. This service automates numerous virtualization management tasks and provides a web-based repository of management best practices to service subscribers. Over 1000 customers have participated in the Beta version of the service, creating a massive ‘ecosystem effect’ via social networking model.
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