New cloud service offers antivirus alternative

Point web browsers at Panda proxy

By John E. Dunn, TechWorld
April 16, 2010 07:51 AM ET

Security vendor Panda Software has announced a full cloud web security service which it claims frees smaller companies from the need to filter for malware using complicated gateway boxes.
Aimed primarily at laptops used outside a company's offices, but also branch offices, from the point of view of the user Panda Cloud Internet Protectionis about as simple as security comes. There is no security software running on the PC, and the traffic is run through Panda's data centres by pointing the browser at a proxy server.
IT cost management must: Chargeback
Apptio this week added to its hosted IT cost management service the capabilities needed to determine the total cost of cloud. The company included in its Cost Transparency Templates the necessary metrics to calculate how much less – or more – an investment in cloud computing would be compared to other approaches, such as using in-house resources. IT managers hoping to operate as internal service providers could determine the cost of every approach and become transparent to the business, reporting exactly how budget dollars are invested, according to Jeff Day, director of marketing at Apptio.
“We see that cloud computing is going to change the way that IT leaders think about how they manage IT. The demand is on IT to become a service provider to the business and cloud changes that discussion,” Day says. “Cloud provides scalability and elasticity, a shared resource that can be metered by usage and the business will demand that IT has chosen the best business option for the current need.”
Performance is claimed to be 15 microseconds at worst from a global family of data centres What the service doesn't secure is email, for which the company has a separate offering.
"That is the beauty of having your own data centre," said Panda Software UK and Swedish product manager, Sebastian Zabala. "We make sure that latency is not an issue".
" Cloud security is a bit pricier than conventional software antivirus. Panda is offering companies batches of 25 licenses for £67.55 ($103) per machine, per year, several times what it would cost to stick software on the same laptop, albeit that the security filtering on offer will in theory be more substantial. Free trials are being offered to try out the service first, however.

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