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Qualys Introduces Private Cloud Offering of Its Flagship QualysGuard Security and Compliance Platform
Virtualised QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform Gives Customers, Partners and Government Agencies the Performance and Scalability to Secure IT Assets While Keeping Data on Premise
Redwood City, Calif. - June 11, 2012 – Qualys®, Inc, a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, today announced the introduction of a private cloud version of its QualysGuard® Cloud Platform that allows customers and partners to host and operate the security and compliance platform within their data centres to meet the varying needs of Private, Community, Public, and Hybrid Cloud services. Packaged as a virtual application to allow for rapid deployment into existing virtual infrastructures, the QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform is a standalone version of the full multi-layer, multi-tenant services architecture of the QualysGuard Cloud Platform, deployed for the private use of a specific customer or partner.
“Through year-end 2012, a significant number of pilot and production deployments of private cloud services will emerge, and hybrid cloud capability will become a major requirement,” said Thomas J. Bittman, VP and distinguished analyst for Gartner.
“We use the QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform as part of our Cloud Services to help secure our cloud offerings and allow customers to perform security and compliance audits on their applications and virtual infrastructure hosted in the Fujitsu Cloud, “ said Tetsuo Shiozaki, chief architect, cloud business support unit for Fujitsu Limited.
The QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform is of particular interest to customers and partners with one or more of the following characteristics:
- Customers and partners located in countries with strict data sovereignty rules prohibiting the movement of sensitive security information across national borders.
- Government entities with strict data possession requirements, which prohibit the use of public cloud services.
- Hosting providers that want to offer value-added security services to their tenants, serviced from their own infrastructure.
- MSSPs that want to provide a more exclusive offering to their customer base.
- Large organisations with hundreds of thousands of IT assets and corresponding large security and compliance data sets.
“As organisations and government agencies continue to consolidate data centres, leverage virtualisation technologies and open their IT environments to business partners and third parties, they now have the opportunity to build security into the fabric of their data centres,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “The new virtualised QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform allows us to extend our security and compliance solutions to such environments that require a private cloud instance on premise, offering the full benefits of our cloud solutions without the complexity and cost associated with deploying traditional enterprise software.”
A QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform is comprised of a package of hardened, Linux-based virtual machines running the various QualysGuard components, including web, application, database layers, and a standby failover database to ensure high-availability. Qualys Operations provide ongoing updates, monitoring and backup to all private platforms in order to keep them current with the latest product and content releases.
Pricing and Availability
Available immediately, the QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform is sold on an annual subscription basis, and includes 24x7 support, monitoring and full updates. Additional per IP annual subscription fees apply based on the size of IT environment being scanned.
About QualysGuard Cloud Platform
The QualysGuard Cloud Platform and its integrated suite of security and compliance solutions provide organisations of all sizes with a global view of their security and compliance posture, while reducing their total cost of ownership. The QualysGuard cloud solutions, which include Vulnerability Management, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance, Web Application Scanning, Malware Detection Service and Qualys SECURE Seal, enable customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyse large amounts of IT security data, discover and prioritise vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions.
Qualys, Inc. is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions with over 5,700 customers in more than 100 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. The QualysGuard Cloud Platform and integrated suite of applications helps businesses simplify security operations and lower the cost of compliance by delivering critical security intelligence on demand and automating the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organisations including BT, Dell SecureWorks, Fujitsu, IBM, NTT, Symantec, Verizon, and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).
For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.
Qualys, the Qualys logo and QualysGuard are proprietary trademarks of Qualys, Inc. All other products or names may be trademarks of their respective companies.
 Gartner, Inc., “Top Five Trends for Private Cloud Computing,” by Thomas J. Bittman, February 14, 2012.