Skyport Systems Unveils New Secured Server

By Edward Gately

Skyport Systems has unleashed its new secured server that continuously monitors and audits every transaction, connection and administrative action with a secure data warehouse.

SkySecure System is secure by default rather than through overdue integration.  The platform consists of three main components: on-premises computing systems, software-based and hardware-enforced compartments that enforce policy around each hosted virtual machine, and centralized management and monitoring that orchestrates security policy and enables application visibility.

Doug Gourlay, Skyport Systems’ corporate vice president, tells Channel Partners the new service provides a strong channel opportunity.

“The SkySecure system is delivered with a SaaS model — it is an annual service that includes, as part of the service contract, the required hardware and software, and service,” he said. “This generates an annuity revenue stream opportunity for the reseller — predictable recurring revenue. This is great for long-term planning and avoiding ‘boom/bust’ cycles that have affected many mid-tier VARs.”

SkyPort Systems’ goal is to have 100 percent of its products fulfilled by the channel and have all services delivered through the channel.

The types of and frequency of threats and successes by the hacker community during the past few years have highlighted a lack of secure infrastructure systems, Gourlay said.

“Couple that with the complexity of designing and maintaining a tight security posture on open computing systems, and the increased risk associated with having a small number of converged control points such as cloud-management systems, virtualization, SDN controllers, big data control points, etc.,” he said.

Deploying secure computing systems requires assembling more than a dozen point products that were not designed to work together, resulting in systems that are never properly protected, Gourlay said.

According to IT research firm Gartner Inc., enterprises are overly dependent on blocking and preventional mechanisms that are decreasingly effective against advanced attacks. Advanced targeted attacks are “easily bypassing traditional firewalls and signature-based prevention mechanisms.”

SkySecure is designed for deployment at the “most critical points of infrastructure,” including exposed DMZs, branch and remote environments, business applications and the underlying secure foundation for IT control systems, such as Microsoft Active Directory, DNS servers and virtualization/cloud/big data/SDN controllers.

Deployment requires no changes to networks, applications or operating systems.

In April, Skyport Systems announced it had closed a $30 million, Series B funding round led by Index Ventures, with participation from Intel Capital and existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures. The series brought total Skyport funding to $37 million.

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