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FireEye Sees New Cloud, Virtual Endpoint Security Updates As Channel Boosts

FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE) has rolled out new cloud and virtual endpoint security upgrades for its endpoint protection platform, in a move tied to widening its solutions toolset for MSSPs and other partners.

The updates, set to debut in July, are part of the security specialist’s blueprint to deliver major upgrades for customers and partners throughout 2017 aimed at fleshing out its endpoint protection platform and advancing security automation.

Additional improvements will include:

  • An anti-virus replacement and remediation module, slated for Q3 delivery
  • Linux support for all major computing platforms, including macOS and Windows

FireEye officials said that partners will benefit from the cloud and virtual endpoint versions through deployments with no hardware requirements and options to host or virtually manage these solutions for their customers.

The new editions will help customers reduce the price and complexity of new deployments, FireEye said. Chief among customer benefits of the cloud and virtual versions is the capability to protect endpoints at any location, the company offered.

For example, customers without a dedicated data center to deploy a local appliance, or who are moving workloads to the cloud, can use the cloud instance, while the virtual form factor applies to customers with their own hardware in a dedicated data center, their own cloud environment, or a preferred cloud platform provider, according to FireEye.

FireEye: Innovation and Evolution

FireEye appears to be wrapping its messaging around simplifying security for its customers and partners, simultaneously touting its expanding portfolio of new technology as it defended its support of legacy environments. In particular, FireEye pointed to a 2015 study by researcher Gartner that found SaaS-based solutions to be the first choice of only 16 percent of CIO’s, though there are scores of competitors in the market.

“We want our customers to simplify their security operations, which, as they conduct their cloud transitions, means giving them options so they can be strategic about when to bring their endpoint security to the cloud,” FireEye said in a blog post.

“The last thing we want to do is introduce another technology and more complexity that slows down their ability to go from alert to fix.”

FireEye also said it is prepping for its Q3 release of its anti-virus replacement capabilities. In that regard, it appears that the cloud and virtual endpoint upgrade announcement was at least in part meant to whet customers’ and partners’ appetites for the impending solution.

Additionally, the company suggested it intends to pour more money into simplifying security, leveraging its data science knowledge, artificial intelligence research and existing products.

Analyst MarketsandMarkets pegs the cloud security market to grow from $4.09 billion in 2017 to $12.73 billion in 2022, driven by adoption of more cloud-based web and email solutions.

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.