Bringing Data Center Security to Cloud Speed

Last week, while visiting the product management team for Deep Security, I asked about their latest release. They surprised me by saying the big news is that there IS a release. Confused, I asked them to elaborate…

You see, when you develop software, you’re faced with many choices, one of which is deciding whether to offer software that a customer can run, or a SaaS version and release new features instantly, as they become available to all users.

SaaS has become a very popular option for software developers these days because the speed of adoption is very fast.

However, what happens when an organization needs your service, but compliance, regulation or company policy dictates that the data and software need to live within their own data center? For any number of reasons, they can’t adopt a SaaS offering. Well, then you must turn to software deployment models that traditionally mean major releases every year or two followed by minor releases.

With Deep Security, we recognized that users needed a choice of deployment models. Some chose SaaS for the low management overhead, easy setup and lower cost of having a hosted security console. Others chose software for large data center deployments or hybrid deployments, due to either compliance or company policy. While we support both options, SaaS has been at the forefront of Trend Micro’s new features and services in recent years. It has introduced features like the new user interface, Smart Folders or SAML Authentication first, while the software management console received them as upgrades in the next major release.

That meant that all of the people using the SaaS model in the cloud were moving at cloud speed, while the data center users were stuck on the ground with a speed limit.

Well that is all about to change.

We knew releasing Deep Security 10.0 was a milestone in many ways. The server security solution that stands the test of time was also the end of the traditional monolithic release cycle for our important software users.

The team has worked tirelessly to bring the agility of a SaaS model to customers using software for hybrid cloud deployments. With our new approach to software releases, we will release feature packs that deliver major features as they come available, eliminating the need to wait for the next major release. Starting with Trend Micro Deep Security 10.1, we will bring major updates to software users with feature packs released as features become available prior to the next major release. Bringing this agility to the data center is an impactful step in ensuring our customers have the latest advanced security protection and features at all times. Of course, not all organizations move at the speed of cloud, but having this option is the big step forward for some and a requirement for others.

Deep Security 10.1 will include major advancements like Windows application control, advanced identity management with SAML support, zero-impact updates for the network security functions, and an in-product news feed to keep our users up to date on the latest threats and protection. All this in just a few short months after 10.0 was rolled out to our software customers.

The in-product news feed is another example of moving at the speed of the cloud. Deep Security (SaaS or Software) frequently receives major protection advancements. This new in-product experience allows users to understand the latest threats or product advancements right from the management console. Now all Deep Security users can enjoy the benefits of having the absolute latest protection and features no matter how they deploy. Deep Security has become a living, evolving tool for the data center and cloud alike, with users at the heart of it all.

This is really about bringing operational excellence to hybrid environments. It’s about removing the traditional speed limits from enterprise software and giving you the opportunity to move at the pace of the cloud. It’s time to open this baby up…

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