Friday, 08 June 2012 03:09

Sophos secures first ANZ cloud partnership

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IT security and data protection company, Sophos has sealed its first cloud partnership agreement in the Australian and New Zealand region, signing up to provide security solutions to secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and cloud  provider, VMVault’s SMB managed services provider (MSP) partners.

According to Rob Forsyth, Sophos Director APAC, the partnership with VMVault is the first of its kind for the company in Australia and will provide an opportunity to build on the company’s growth strategy in the region.  “This will be a new kind of partnership for Sophos in the ANZ region.  It will meet the needs of Australian SMB MSP partners that want to provide managed security and data protection services to their customers without the need to provide the infrastructure necessary to support these solutions independently.”

“VMVault is one of the leading hosted virtualisation companies in Australia.  This relationship gives VMVault access to leading security solutions that provide them with strategic advantages in the market,” Forsyth said. “It creates the platform to provide SMB partners Sophos security products in the cloud, while helping VMVault forge a distinctive place in a highly competitive market, broadening its portfolio and partner value proposition.”

Under the partnership, VMVault provide its network of SMB MSPs with the infrastructure required to host cloud solutions, with Sophos providing its complete security suite of products, including endpoint, network, data, web, mobile and email security.

Radek Tkaczyk, Senior Systems Consultant at VMVault, said the partnership would offer customers and partners “robust and cohesive solutions.”

“We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Sophos, a respected industry leader. Working with a vendor that has both deep and broad solutions available in the cloud, from unified threat management, mobile, anti-malware and anti-spam, will bolster our offerings for the SMB segment. ”

According to Tkaczyk, “Sophos and VMVault had worked hard to ensure they addressed the challenges that had emerged as “top-of-mind in our discussions with the SMB IT Professionals Association.”  “So far we’ve received constructive feedback, with those partners involved in trials already reporting a reduction in spam volumes.”

Tkaczyk said the partnership was already in effect, with VMVault already signing up partners.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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