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Service provider licensing available on StoneGate 5.0

Stonesoft Networks : 03 June, 2009  (New Product)
Monthly pay-as-you-go licensing arrangement for service providers enables a flexible license management approach depending on the number of clients on the network during any one time
With the recent launch of StoneGate 5.0 Platform, Stonesoft has implemented Service Provider Licensing Agreements (SPLA) across all of its virtual security appliances.

StoneGate 5.0 introduced features such as multi-domain customer support to streamline workflow for hosted service providers and offer new value-added services for their customers. The SPLA model now allows hosted service providers to supply managed security services to their customers without any initial capital investment.

Stonesoft is enabling service providers to eradicate the uncertainty and risks associated with up-front investment in technology by using the 'pay as you go' SPLA model. Organisations pay on a monthly basis based on the number of licenses they need. "By listening to the concerns of our customers and other organisations in the hosting arena we found that they all wanted the SPLA model. We have now enabled smaller providers to bring their services to mass market without any capital outlay upfront, so they only pay for the customers they have," says Ash Patel, country manager UK and Ireland.

Traditionally organisations would have to invest heavily in technology based on projected customer numbers for the upcoming year. In economically uncertain times this initial capital expenditure represents high risk as return on investment is not guaranteed.

Ash continues, "In the economic crisis SPLA provides greater flexibility for service providers, which is crucial if they want to survive the current market conditions. If there is no initial investment then everything is a direct return and the risks associated with having to predict customer levels are gone."

"With everyone talking about the dreaded ROI, we are really pleased that we can offer our customers a more flexible and cost effective licensing model. We are already seeing the benefits of this approach as it has enabled us to open more doors for potential new business," Ash concludes.

To be eligible for SPLA service providers must purchase a minimum of 50 licences.
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