Catbird is looking for channel partners to sell its award-winning Software-Defined Security solution, vSecurity 5.5. The company is also announcing the establishment of its European HQ in the United Kingdom to be headed up by Pedro Beitra whose previous roles include Senior Business Development Director at Citrix and CEO of VMCi.
Catbird is looking to build a single tier channel in the UK as its exclusive route to market and is interested in speaking to resellers with expertise in the enterprise security and/or virtualisation market, particularly existing VMware resellers. The company is also busy building its European executive team and is recruiting both sales and support staff initially in the UK, France and Germany.
The Silicon Valley company is making its debut in the European market at next week’s Infosecurity event in London where it will be present on the US pavilion on Stand No. K78. Catbird’s vSecurity software has already gained rapid traction in the US market place and earned endorsements from Gartner as a Cool Vendor and been named a Finalist in the VMworld Awards. It offers channel partners the opportunity to get a slice of the burgeoning global Security Defined Networking (SDN) market, which according to Gartner is set to grown from $320m in 2014 to $2.45b in 2018 with 65% of enterprises planning on implementing SDN.
Catbird vSecurity is a network-based Software-defined Security (SDS) solution, removing the need for expensive network security hardware to secure the virtual and cloud data centre. vSecurity secures virtualised network components from within the virtual infrastructure. Just as virtualisation abstracts computing away from physical hardware, software-defined security untethers security from expensive single-purpose hardware security appliances to provide a more adaptive, agile and less expensive solution. The solution offers virtualised Vulnerability Monitoring along with Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Network Segmentation and TrustZones in a manner fully integrated with VMWare at a fraction of the price of traditional software solutions.
“Virtualisation has fundamentally changed the way network security controls are employed. This is a game-changer for IT security managers and auditors looking to safely expand their virtualised data centres to include mission-critical, regulated assets,” said Edmundo Costa, Catbird CEO. “Catbird’s vSecurity approach means that IT can now take full advantage of the benefits and cost savings of virtualisation, without compromising on security or compliance.”
“Accelerating the adoption of virtualised infrastructure and enabling IT to operate at cloud scale is one of the first steps in realising the benefits of the software-defined datacentre, “said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “Catbird’s integration of VMware vCloud Networking and Security with vSecurity 5.5 can accelerate the adoption of virtualised infrastructure in even the most sensitive of data centres.”