Datacraft teams with McAfee for SaaS platform launch

Local launch may precede worldwide one

Datacraft and McAfee have partnered to launch a software-as-a-service security platform here that may be the forerunner of a global offering.

The new platform and services will be rolled out this week as an extension to one.govt and one.biz. The solutions are designed to protect enterprises from email and web-based threats in the cloud before they reach the corporate network.

“This is a pioneering partnership,” says Datacraft McAfee SaaS director Richard Bowman.

“The key advantage is that it can be implemented almost immediately, with zero hardware costs and minimal on-going operational requirements. The service is based on the same scalable, globally delivered SaaS architecture that power McAfee SaaS email and web security solutions in North America.”

Datacraft is the only McAfee service provider partner in New Zealand. It approached McAfee a year ago about developing the SaaS platform for the market here.

Phil Goodwin, Datacraft general manager marketing, says the roll-out is being watched closely by Datacraft owner Dimension Data, with a view to taking the service further afield.

In the more mature Australian market, 43 percent of the ASX 200 use cloud email filtering solutions. “There are similar challenges and opportunities in New Zealand. Those uptake levels are easily attainable.”

The two companies have co-invested in a local point of presence, housed in Auckland, to provide the email and scanning solutions.

Bowman says it has been difficult until now for the New Zealand market to get access to global solutions. “Our proposition offers clean email and web traffic. It also enables email continuity by providing access to send and receive if the system goes offline.”

Goodwin says Datacraft looked at a local build, but that it made more sense to co-invest with McAfee.

“We can use a globally relevant set of information points to make local decisions. The platform can fail over on a significant level of problems.

“It is a logical extension to one.govt where a number of agencies have expressed interest.”

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