IT management-from-the-cloud provider, CentraStage, now offers enterprise-grade endpoint security thanks to its new strategic partnership with security-as-a-service provider, Panda Security.
Security is an ongoing challenge for IT service providers, particularly when they are managing large IT environments. Panda’s Cloud Office Protection is robust, scalable and easy to implement; characteristics that become mission critical, especially when the latest industry data reveals over a third of servers and workstations (35 per cent) are missing security patches and well over a fifth (20 per cent) lack any active Anti Virus provision.
By offering Panda’s security-as-a-service the CentraStage / Panda Security partnership will enable customers to take advantage of the scalability, cost and flexibility benefits of cloud-based security and endpoint management. Leading industry experts, including Gartner, predict that cloud security services will grow from $1.9 billion in 2012 to $4.2 billion in 2016, with a compound annual growth rate of 23%.
The addition of cloud security to the CentraStage offering means that CIOs, MSPs and ISVs can automatically analyse, classify and protect against thousands of new malware samples every day via the CentraStage platform, anywhere in the world. As CentraStage and Panda Security both operate as True Cloud SaaS platforms, the partnership also means the products are uniquely scalable, easy to deploy and adopt with no Capex.
Christian Nagele, CEO and founder of CentraStage, said: “The market needs more ‘conviction collaborations’ like we have announced today with Panda Security. Many vendors talk about hybrid this and ubiquitous that, but in reality it is convergence that counts - the bringing together of endpoint management and protection where it belongs in the Cloud. Shrinkwrap is dead. Long live SaaS.”
Josu Franco, Director, Corporate Development, Panda Security, said: “Our partnership with CentraStage means they can offer their customers a cloud-based enterprise-grade security product without compromising their core business proposition. Endpoint security augments their existing IT management product and means they can help IT organisations – whether they are an SME, MSP or a large enterprise - ensure they have complete visibility and control of their IT environment and every endpoint is secure, patched, stable and compliant.”