CPCNet And Symantec Partner To Offer All-In-One Connectivity And Security For Enterprises

By | June 13, 2006

CPCNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Pacific (SEHK: 267), and Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) have unveiled their first all-in-one service offering that provides network connections and security for enterprises with operations in the Greater China region.

The new service offering marries CPCNet´s Managed Services, high-speed MetroCONNECT service connectivity with Symantec Gateway Security appliances to deliver a unified threat management (UTM) solution offering both performance and peace-of-mind in one convenient package.

To offer an all-in-one managed security UTM device deployment, CPCNet will provide enterprises with the Symantec Gateway Security appliances and software through a cost effective monthly package. Moreover, CPCNet will be responsible for initial installation and configuration, subsequent hardware/software maintenance, as well as on-demand configuration changes from time to time.

As the Greater China markets continue to strengthen, international enterprises need reliable, high-quality cross border communications solutions, as an enabled feature of MetroCONNECT, CPCNet´s Global Broadband Roaming (GBR) service lets enterprises access the Internet fast and reliably at broadband-enabled access points for efficient overseas communication.

“Once you have the proper measures in place, security becomes a business enabler rather than an impediment to business,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer of CPCNet. “We fully understand, however, that putting those measures in place takes time and effort which can be quite a challenge for companies. That´s the problem we are trying to address with our new service offering.”

Symantec Gateway Security appliances offer easy-to-manage, multi-function integrated security technology that tightly integrates anti-spam, anti virus, anti-spyware, clientless SSL and IPSec VPN, full-inspection firewall, intrusion prevention, intrusion detection, and content filtering capabilities to provide proactive, zero-day protection against today´s complex internet threats.

“The great thing about this partnership between Symantec and CPCNet is that it delivers everything customers need to connect up their businesses, quickly and securely,” said Michael Chue, managing director, Symantec Hong Kong.

“According to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report IX, there was a notable increase in threats designed to facilitate cyber crime that may allow an attacker to capture personal, financial and confidential information for financial gain.[1] The business environment in China is increasingly dynamic, requiring companies of all sizes to respond with stronger security policies to protect sensitive company information. Mid-sized businesses are often constrained by limited IT resources, and even large enterprises are challenged to respond and stay ahead of the changing threat landscape. With our first all-in-one connectivity and security managed solution, Hong Kong enterprises with operations in Greater China will save themselves the hassle and costs associated with managing their network security in-house.”

The MetroCONNECT service uses the latest Metro Ethernet technology to provide point-to-point leased line grade connectivity from customer premises to CPCNet´s point-of-presence (POP). Connectivity is always-on and customers are connected to CPCNet´s robust IP network 24 hours a day. This assures that bandwidth is available all the time it is required. 7×24 telephone and email consultation is available for technical support. It also includes unlimited Internet usage, Web-based traffic report, and enterprise email capability. With its MetroCONNECT service CPCNet will provide round-the-clock network monitoring and management to ensure network performance remains optimal.

The new joint service offering provides enterprises with the flexibility and availability of the Symantec Gateway Security Series appliances through a monthly package to cater to their security needs, thus reducing the upfront investment and providing an easy to upgrade solution.

Customers can choose from a wide range of MetroCONNECT service and Symantec Gateway Security appliance configurations to suite their specific requirements. For example, medium size companies and branch offices of larger organisations may choose a package comprising a MetroCONNECT 2Mbps node and a Symantec Gateway Security 1600 Series appliance. For larger enterprises with heavier network traffic loads, a MetroCONNECT 10Mbps node and Symantec Gateway Security 5600 Series appliance – offering scalable throughput, built-in hardware redundancy and the option of integrated high availability and load balancing – may be more appropriate. The starting price for the new combined service will be HK$5,250 per month depending on the configuration selected.

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