As part of a rapidly expanding set of services that will be delivered via cloud computing, CSC today rolled out CloudProtection for Mail and Web.
On the face if of it, the new CSC service is pretty straightforward. Rather than an IT organization having to deploy its own security software, it can contract CSC to manage the Symantec Message Labs cloud computing service on its behalf.
Initially, CSC employees will monitor and manage the MessageLabs cloud service running on the Symantec cloud computing platform. But over time, some customers will ask CSC to run the MessageLabs service on cloud computing platforms owned by CSC, said Ron Knode, director of the Global Security business unit of CSC.
Knode said the Symantec service is one of the first elements of an ecosystem of cloud computing services that CSC will deliver from either its own cloud platforms or via cloud computing platforms managed by CSC partners.
In this instance, CSC is providing "sanitation services" to customers that want to store their e-mail on their own local servers, but don't want to be taxed with managing the security services needed to make sure that malware doesn't infect their systems.
In effect, CSC is delivering a managed service via the cloud, versus remotely managing a set of security software that would previously have been deployed on the customer's premise.