McAfee Enables Partners to Achieve Product & Service Compatibility Certification
McAfee today announced its new technology partner program, designed help its partners ensure their products and services are compatible with McAfee-based solutions. The program’s testing process helps ensure that the third-party hardware, software and services that customers choose perform well, and are compatible with McAfee technology.
The program, “McAfee Connected,” allows independent software vendors and service providers to self-certify their products, solutions, and services as compatible with McAfee technology and provides assurance to customers that enterprise solutions have been tested for compatibility. With the new program, McAfee claims that customers can enjoy reduced testing costs, simplified purchase cycles, and increased solution confidence.
“Choosing hardware and software is a process fraught with difficult decisions that can have very expensive consequences,” said Gerhard Watzinger, executive vice president of corporate strategy for McAfee. “When customers and prospects see that solutions are part of McAfee Connected, they’re able to quickly and easily choose technology that is proven to enhance their McAfee-based deployments.
The McAfee Connected program has been rolled out globally, but the initial focus of it is security management in virtual environments. Just last week, McAfee and Citrix Systems delivered the first product of a joint collaboration announced earlier this year to make virtual desktop security simpler and more scalable for large enterprise deployments.
“Our participation in the McAfee Connected Partner Program helps Citrix deliver increased value to our customers by ensuring McAfee MOVE AV 1.5 and Citrix virtualization solutions perform well together,” said Garry Olah, vice president of business development at Citrix. “Citrix virtualization, networking and cloud technologies radically simplify computing for millions of users, to deliver IT as an on-demand service that enables virtual work styles for users and increased business agility for IT.”
Cloud.Com is another partner that has taken part in the McAfee Connected program. “Cloud security and data integrity are top of mind for CIOs, limiting the broad adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise. Through our engagement with the McAfee Connected program, CIOs will have increased confidence that their existing security programs and policies will be extended to the cloud by using our “McAfee Validated” cloud computing platform,” said Peder Ulander, Chief Marketing Officer at Cloud.com.
In the coming months McAfee will add other McAfee-based security solutions to the program. Independent software vendors, developer organizations, and professional and managed services organizations are able to apply for partnership in the program.
More information on McAfee Connected is available at: www.mcafee.com/mcafeeconnected.