Qualys has launched a private cloud offering of its QualysGuard security and compliance platform.

The QualysGuard Cloud Platform offers an integrated suite of security and compliance solutions and includes vulnerability management, policy compliance, PCI compliance, web application scanning, malware detection and the Qualys SECURE Seal. It added web application firewall and extended malware and zero-day detection and mitigation earlier this year.

According to the company, the private cloud version allows users to host and operate the security and compliance platform within their data centres to meet the varying needs of private, community, public and hybrid cloud services. Packaged as a virtual application to allow for rapid deployment into existing virtual infrastructures, the QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform is a standalone version of the full multi-layer, multi-tenant services architecture of the QualysGuard Cloud Platform, deployed for the private use of a specific customer or partner. 

Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, said: “As organisations and government agencies continue to consolidate data centres, leverage virtualisation technologies and open their IT environments to business partners and third parties, they now have the opportunity to build security into the fabric of their data centres.

“The new virtualised QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform allows us to extend our security and compliance solutions to such environments that require a private cloud instance on premise, offering the full benefits of our cloud solutions without the complexity and cost associated with deploying traditional enterprise software.”