Dicar Networks Partners up with NETGEAR to Deliver Enterprise-Class Web and Email Security for the SMB
February 05, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. - February 5, 2009 – Dicar Networks announced today that it will be teaming up with NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) for the launch of NETGEAR's new line of Web/Email Threat Management (STM) appliances. This new line of appliances delivers a level of security and performance to the SMB that is normally only within reach to the enterprise. Aimed directly at businesses and delivered by Dicar Networks, the STM Series of Web and Email Threat Management Appliances is NETGEAR's first family of products to be introduced under its ProSecure™ brand. The NETGEAR STM Series combines best-of-breed security features and patent-pending Stream Scanning technology, providing the SMB with an enterprise-class web and email protection solution against rapidly evolving Internet-based threats that is both simple to deploy and affordable.
Specifically, Dicar Networks and NETGEAR are aiming to provide SMBs with solutions that have typically been used in larger market segments with the release of its new ProSecure Security Threat Management Series of Web and E-mail Management Appliances.
The STM 150, geared for 30 to 150 users, is currently available on the market through Dicar Networks, while the STM300, geared for 150-300 users, and the STM600, designed for up to 600 users, will be available during the second quarter 2009.
The solution is sold as an appliance but updated with relevant threat information from the cloud — a service that is offered to end user customers through subscription services.
"That kind of hybrid appliance/service model is more palatable to SMB customers who are considering integrating managed services components into their security infrastructures," said Armando Garcia, president of Dicar Networks.
In light of increasingly sophisticated malware targeting the Web, the STM series appliance was designed as an answer to security challenges that come with increased reliance on Web applications for daily business, NETGEAR executives say.
"In SMBs, everything is all wide open. Nobody in an SMB has the time to create exceedingly fine-grained access control policies. Let's not kid ourselves. That's not going to change in the near future," said Jason Leung, NETGEAR senior product line manager for SMB security.
Going forward, the STM appliances will enable Dicar Networks to broaden their customer base with an expanded set of offerings such as security scanning and management services on a subscription basis.
What makes the STM series particularly attractive for the SMB segment is that it offers a simplified licensing model, with three licenses to manage for Web, e-mail, and maintenance and support, but without complicated per-user restrictions.
Dicar Networks maintains that it is easy to deploy, without the need to reconfigure mail servers or Web proxies. Altogether, the STM line includes enterprise-level anti-malware and anti-spam engines, zero hour threat protection and an enterprise-class URL filter, along with 24x7 technical support.
Dicar Networks' Garcia said that he was most attracted to the anti-spam component for his SMB customer base, which he said provided a better quality alternative to primary vendors at an affordable price for his customers.
"The cost effectiveness comes in the deployment," Garcia said. "We can deploy it in a half-hour or less."
Unlike their enterprise counterparts, SMBs often have open use and access policies to ensure a smooth workflow. At the same time, SMB companies face the same security threats as enterprise companies, but often lack the resources and experienced staff to adequately protect themselves with high-end point solutions the same way larger companies can.
About Dicar Networks:
Since Dicar Networks opened in 2001 the San Jose, California based company has developed into a premier provider of network solutions – including VoIP, cabling, PBX and now Network Attached Storage (NAS). With a highly skilled team of engineers, designers and operations experts Dicar Networks offers custom fit, on-budget solutions which meet the current and future needs of customers in the Bay area. More information is available by visiting www.dicarnetworks.com or calling 408-850-6400.