Partnerships play host to new 'security as a service' market

Provisioning updates from local servers, as opposed to ones in the US, reduces latency

Macquarie Hosting, a division of Macquarie Telecom, has been selected by Software as a Service (SaaS) company Authentium to host its anti-malware software updates for BigPond.

With the Macquarie Hosting agreement in place, Authentium customers and partners in Australia and Asia will receive automated antivirus updates, threat alerts, from Authentium's Extensible Service Platform (ESP) solution, using Macquarie Hosting servers.

The servers are housed in Macquarie's ISO and DSD Gateway certified data centre in Sydney, the Intellicentre.

Anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, data recovery, parental controls and content filtering software updates (including pop-up blocking and anti-phishing updates) are all hosted on 10 clustered high end HP servers with load balancing, and protected with high availability dedicated fire-walling.

Specialised services including SSL offloading have also been implemented to meet Authentium's high level and peaking encryption requirements, reducing server overheads and maximising performance.

These features support Authentium's upcoming launch of its Vero identity theft prevention solution. All servers are connected to Macquarie Hosting's managed storage area network (SAN).

Following a competitive tender, Macquarie Hosting was selected for its experience with 100 per cent Web-facing companies.

A reliable and secure hosting provider in Australia was essential for Authentium in securing its recent partnerships in the region.

Provisioning anti-virus alerts and updates from local servers, as opposed to those housed in the US, reduces latency and the window of opportunity for cyber-criminals to strike.

Authentium is also using Macquarie Hosting's data centre to serve its continued expansion into Asia.

Authentium is demonstrating its ESP suite of solutions, including its transaction security technology of Vero, and it's latest desktop services platform, ESP Elements, to key Internet service providers, financial service providers and portal operators in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, via Macquarie Telecom's infrastructure.

The data centre gives Authentium the ability to quickly scale to accommodate its projected growth within the region.

Macquarie managing director, Aidan Tudehope, said by hosting updates locally companies like Authentium can respond quickly and ramp up their infrastructure within hours if required.

"This is particularly relevant for Authentium as it delivers Software as a Service. If their servers don't scale, they can't service their customers" Tudehope said.

The security Software-as-a-Service market is forecast to reach US$10.7 billion by 2009 according to IDC and is emerging as one of the fastest-growing sectors in SaaS, itself a rapidly expanding sector.

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