Shavlik rolls out SaaS provision for security and patch management

Shavlik has announced that it has built a new security and IT management platform to deliver from the cloud.

Named ‘IT.Shavlik.com', it provides IT management as a service and represents a major shift in the way IT departments approach the management of their systems, allowing them to focus on and maximise the level of service they deliver to the organisation rather than continually struggling to just keep users secure, and systems up and running.

Shavlik claimed it will deliver SaaS based applications that plug into the IT.Shavlik.com platform for IT services such as patch management, configuration management, asset management and virtualisation management. IT.Shavlik.com will be made available as a beta offering some time in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Mark Shavlik, CEO of Shavlik Technologies, claimed that as there is a changing role for IT, the challenge is to keep up with less budget and fewer co-workers on a day-to-day basis, so solutions were being looked at.

Shavlik said: “With a patent pending, our IT.Shavlik.com represents a revolution in which companies can leverage the benefits of cloud computing, such as affordable licensing and ‘always available' software, while at the same time simplifying the critical issues of today, such as security and asset cost control.”

Nancee Melby, Shavlik's senior product marketing manager, said: “This offers high convenience, people want a handle on the networks but with a scan they can locate conveniently at the push of a button.

“We believe in fixing the problem but most customers say this is administration, but they want to learn more and we can give all the help we can. They want to patch and we want to make it easier, they want to get their systems up-to-date and stable.”

Melby also claimed that this will allow a company to go from no patch management at all to full solutions in 90 days.

In 2008 the company formed a dedicated team of virtualisation and web services experts to focus on delivering it's IT automation capabilities via the cloud in a truly 'IT on demand' fashion. A partnership with VMware has also been confirmed with the new VMware Go service that provides customers with an immediate on-ramp to virtualisation.

Dan Chu, vice president, emerging products and solutions at VMware, said: “Time is one of the key benefits of virtualisation for IT. We are pleased to work with Shavlik Technologies to deliver joint solutions that allow businesses to virtualise faster and finish sooner. It actually puts time back into the IT schedule. Freeing up IT staff is critical to making room for projects that grow the business.”

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