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Panda, Microsoft join forces in the cloud

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Panda Security and Microsoft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop cloud-based antivirus security services on Microsoft’s new cloud platform, Windows Azure.
The new Panda Cloud Office Protection version 6.0 has been migrated to Windows Azure, which is designed to host, scale and manage Web applications. This offers customers a set of privacy and security controls that ensure maximum protection of hosted data and applications.
“The agreement with Microsoft has increased our security management capabilities. It has provided us with virtually unlimited IT infrastructure and enhanced our dynamic adjustment capacity,” says Jeremy Matthews, country manager at Panda Security South Africa.
“Until recently, concerns about the security and privacy of cloud-based data have been a major barrier to organisations realising the full potential of cloud-based technologies,” says Microsoft South Africa’s Server and Tools lead, Johannes Kanis.
He adds that the partnership with Panda helps to remove that barrier by embedding privacy and security capabilities in the cloud computing arena.
Panda Cloud Office Protection 6.0 is a cloud-based security service for PCs, servers and corporate laptops managed remotely from anywhere through its Web-based console.
The new release includes device control technologies that prevent the spread of malware through the improper use of external devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, DVDs and more. These controls allow organisations to improve productivity by enforcing access control policies via a single Web-based console.
The Windows Azure platform allows Panda Security to manage an even larger number of computers, effectively deploy the service to new countries and prevent service downtime. In addition, the technology enables reduction in operating and maintenance costs, reduce time to market and improve user interface performance.
Windows Azure is a development, service hosting and service management environment that provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to the Internet through Microsoft data centres.