Last week I attended a sneak preview of the latest Qualys product road map. I was impressed, not so much by the functionality of the products - which is not especially original - as by the ambition and architecture of the new product range.
While other security vendors have been extending their products through acquisitions of best of breed point solutions, Qualys have been quietly re-engineering their services around a unified, secure, cloud architecture, avoiding the patchwork quilt of products that other vendors have inherited.
Qualys are also extending their product portfolio to match those of their competitors. It's a move that presents a potential competitive edge in economy and speed of maintenance, which is good news for a marketplace that needs low cost, up-to-the-minute security defences.