Sophos Goes Ethereal with Sophos Cloud Security Offering
Gravity is losing its grip on technology, it seems, as vendors flock to provide cloud-based versions of their offerings. Security vendor Sophos is the latest, announcing a cloud-managed security service that provides protection to the endpoint.
Sophos Cloud enables partners and customers to manage endpoint protection for all users, regardless of their physical location—two thumbs up for the mobile workforce, which—if they’re anything like me—skips for joy over the term “free wi-fi.” Management of the security offering is done via a console hosted by Sophos Cloud, so there is no server setup. What’s more, the service can be deployed instantly, according to the company.
“Sophos Cloud is the answer to the constant struggle IT teams face in protecting and securing their enterprises. These IT teams may be as small as a single person, but the constant threats and challenges they face could overwhelm an army,” said Kris Hagerman, Sophos CEO, in a prepared statement. “Sophos Cloud … will be one of our key strategic priorities as we execute on our vision of being the best in the world at delivering complete, powerful, and simple IT security to small and mid-market enterprises and the channel that serves them.”
Indeed, the channel seems to be a priority for Sophos in its cloud offering: Its release notes the service is consistent with Sophos’ “ongoing focus and commitment to be a ‘Channel First’ company.”
While the first iteration of Sophos Cloud will focus solely on endpoint protection, the company said it plans to cloud-enable its entire portfolio, which includes end user, network and server security offerings. For now, partners can try out Sophos Cloud on a 30-day free trial.
Pushing security to the cloud can make sense for a number of VARs looking to extend their footprint beyond their immediate boundaries without relocating or opening additional offices, or even partnering with other VARs. It also can be an easy way to move into a services and subscription model and reap that always-welcome recurring revenue.
Sophos is positioning Sophos cloud for the enterprise, but who’s to say it can’t be offered downstream to small businesses, which could use an extra hand in their IT management.
And yes, Sophos isn’t the first company to offer security in the cloud—Symantec (SYMC), for one, offers cloud-based solutions. No doubt the ranks will swell even further. And that’s great news for the channel.