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McAfee ASaP offers a broad range of managed security services, including an anti-virus service called VirusScan ASaP, the security appliance WebShield e500 ASaP and the vulnerability scanner CyberCop ASaP, among other products. These services are always-on, and updated regularly by McAfee.
The deal with Watchguard will see the firewall vendor offering anti-virus protection to its customers using VirusScan ASaP, said Arvind Narain, senior vice-president of McAfee ASaP. The always-on virus protection will complement Watchguard's firewall offerings and marks a trend towards vendors offering multiple, converged security services.
Just as a firewall is a key component of enterprise security, "virus protection is part and parcel of security," Narain said. "Customers are clamouring for convergence", and this deal offers that, he added.
FutureCom, on the other hand, will offer the full suite of McAfee ASaP products, including anti-virus, the WebShield appliance, vulnerability scanning and a firewall. FutureCom has a history of working with McAfee as a reseller of its boxed software. The managed services will allow FutureCom to open up new markets with its existing customers.
Watchguard and FutureCom bring the total number of companies offering McAfee ASaP services to around 25, Narain said.
McAfee ASaP services are priced on a per-month, per-desktop model, with subscription terms running between one and two years. The deals with the two companies are multi-year deals.