WatchGuard extends Dimension’s capabilities to Microsoft’s Hyper-V Platform
WatchGuard Technologies, a leading provider of integrated security platforms, today announced it is enhancing its real-time network security visibility solution, WatchGuard Dimension, which has already helped drive record financial results for the company in Q4 2013. The new enhancements extend Dimension’s capabilities to support Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform, in addition to VMware, and also increase scalability, availability and visibility.
“The global response we’ve seen from customers using Dimension with our XTM family of unified threat management (UTM) platforms has been unprecedented,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate and product strategy at WatchGuard Technologies. “In record numbers, customers are using this cloud-based visibility tool to get key insights into security threats and critical trends in their environment. Although this product has been on the market for less than six months, we’re moving quickly to make new enhancements in response to enthusiastic feedback from users.”
U.S.-based Oasis Technologies is an example of one such customer. A Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), Oasis is already running WatchGuard Dimension on Hyper-V, and using the tool’s executive reports as an additional reporting service for its clients.
“Dimension’s executive reports have become an additional revenue stream for our company because they’re generated in real time, they can be automated, and they provide our MSSP customers with an immediate snapshot of the top users, threats and compliance issues facing their company,” said Tony Lara, senior network engineer at Oasis Technologies. “The information is at our finger tips, it’s easy to use and understand, and it changes the game in regard to the type of data we can provide to our customers and how quickly we can do so.”
Frank Dickson, principle analyst at Frost & Sullivan, understands the value Dimension brings to the market as well and said, “We did a survey of more than 12,000 information security professionals and 56 percent reported that their organization has too few information security workers. WatchGuard Dimension is a tool designed to make life easier for security professionals, especially those in the resource constrained mid-market, so they can more quickly distill key information security data into actionable policy creation.”
WatchGuard Dimension is delivered as a free virtual appliance for XTM customers, which simplifies set up. The latest update includes faster access and increased scalability with external and shared database support. It also improves visibility with dynamic hostname resolution, and native language support for key countries will be available toward the end of Q1.