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Verizon tie-up underlines McAfee strategy

Agreement with Verizon allows McAfee to offer end-users a much more holistic networking solution set, whilst other announcements boost the company’s enterprise aspirations

McAfee says that the Verizon deal underlines the importance of complete security in the enterprise and government sectors.
McAfee says that the Verizon deal underlines the importance of complete security in the enterprise and government sectors.

Security vendor McAfee and network and communications solutions provider Verizon, have announced a business partnership that will provide integrated security solutions to businesses and government agencies worldwide.

The agreement was made public at the recent McAfee Focus 09 in Las Vegas and means that Verizon Business will now offer the security specialist's entire line-up of products and services. On the McAfee side of the agreement, the company is free to tap into Verizon Business' data centre outsourcing and expert consulting and managed services capabilities to bring its end-user contracts greater end-to-end network and security capabilities.

The tie-up between the two vendors comes as part of McAfee's concerted effort to capture a greater share of the enterprise and SMB markets. This drive was also supported by the unveiling of its ePolicy Orchestrator - a centralised security management solution to help organisations with distributed networks simplify and strengthen their security.

"This strategic agreement with McAfee enables us to drive even more complete and integrated IT solutions to enterprises across the world," said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president of Verizon Business global solutions.

"Verizon Business will be able to expand and more fully touch every facet of enterprise security so that enterprises can confidently do business in this digital age. Our newly expanded and next-generation cloud capabilities will enable organisations to better use security as a strategic tool and business enabler," added Bailey.

This partnership with Verizon Business, as well as the many acquisitions McAfee has made over the past couple of years and its open policy in recruiting other security vendors to its Security Innovation Alliance initiative, underlines its aggressive expansion plans that saw the company report strong revenue figures in the second quarter of this year.

David Scholtz, senior vice president of worldwide strategic alliances at McAfee, said regarding the Verizon alliance: "This agreement underscores the importance of delivering comprehensive security solutions to meet the needs of business and government clients. The complexities of today's threats and turbulent economic times call for agreements of this kind where products from multiple providers are combined to help improve our customers' investments and control their operational costs." 

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