One of the largest cybersecuity firms in the world is looking to cut data center costs by moving some of its workload to the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Symantec and Microsoft have a reached a deal to deliver the cybsersecurity firm’s consumer products, specifically the Norton product line, from the Azure cloud, the companies announced.
More than 105 Symantec applications that provide “critical consumer digital safety capabilities” started to move over to Microsoft data centers last year. The full migration of Symantec’s selected data and apps to Azure won’t be complete until March 2018, an 18-month timetable from start to finish.
Some workloads will remain on Symantec’s own data centers – like financial apps — but the goal is to cut the number of facilities that Symantec needs to run. Symantec expects to close six of its existing data centers in large part to the move to the Azure cloud.
“The cloud is key to our strategy to accelerate innovation internally, streamline operations, and ultimately protect and empower our customers in the digital age,” Sheila Jordan, Symantec’s senior vice president and chief information officer, said in a press release.
Symantec bought both Lifelock and Blue Coat last year to expand its security products and services. Much of that consumer-focused software will run on Azure. The cybersecurity firm will also sell its software from the Microsoft Azure marketplace, and Microsoft will use Symantec security in Azure.
Symantec is the latest in a long line of software vendors and large enterprises moving at least some of their data and applications to a public cloud.
For Microsoft the deal with Symantec is an affirmation of its data security capabilities that will undoubtedly help to sell Azure cloud services to large enterprises. Issues regarding security continue to hamper cloud adoption, as the assumption continues to linger that the cloud is less secure than in-house data centers.
But having two well-respected companies like Microsoft and Symantec teaming up should give other businesses more confidence to shift their data to the Azure cloud.
“Symantec and Microsoft share a commitment to online security, and it’s exciting to work with Sheila and team to harness the power of the cloud to extend this ongoing effort,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. “This demonstrates how Azure is uniquely able to handle the biggest, most demanding cloud services in the world.”