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Bitdefender announces significant price drop for Security-as-a-Service for AWS

50 per cent price reduction means affordable security for DevOps, Startups and Enterprises building solutions on Amazon EC2

BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bitdefender, the creator of leading antimalware solutions, today announced a 50% price drop for its solution, Security-as-a-Service for AWS (Amazon Web Services). Bitdefender maintains the AWS philosophy of self-service, flexibility and pay-as-you-go by providing its security solution built to match the economics of AWS – on demand and by the hour - to the AWS DevOps, Startup and Enterprise communities.

Addressing barriers to public cloud adoption
"Daily, we see stories about security as a major concern and an obstacle to widespread public cloud adoption – from worries about loss of visibility and control, to encryption and authentication. Business leaders, policy makers and public cloud users are scrambling to deal with these major priorities, as public cloud technologies offer cost savings, convenience and agility," said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist, Bitdefender. "However, an often overlooked factor is the protection of workloads within the public cloud, and workloads are not immune to malware, just like any physical and virtual machine."

Bitdefender Security-as-a-Service for AWS provides baseline security to protect workloads in environments where Shadow IT (or Rogue IT) is prevalent, such as within enterprises where cloud developers are creating new business processes, applications and services. DevOps can set protection early in the development cycle and scale protection to instances billed on an hourly basis, as needed. 

Self-service control and pay-as-a-go licensing aligns with the AWS scalable approach
"For a company like focusIT, that provides a SaaS offering to the financial services industry, throwing traditional antimalware into AWS does not make sense from both a cost perspective and a management perspective," said Josh Bopp, President of focusIT. "Bitdefender has built security for the cloud that it gives us the same operational advantages that you find as an AWS customer, that is, self-service, on-demand scalability, and now, the best price for security on the AWS Marketplace."

Priced at approximately 80% less than competitive solutions, Bitdefender Security-as-a-Service is tightly integrated with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) web services, and its Security Console enables centralized management, reporting and configuration of the protected instances, providing users with a unified view of the security status across all supported AWS regions.

"Security in the public cloud is a complex issue for many organizations – particularly around data protection and regulatory compliance," added Cosoi. "With Bitdefender Security-as-a-Service for AWS, users build the security foundation that protects their AMIs from malware at a base level, while organizations look to other security solutions to solve other major concerns around visibility and control over usage."

Bitdefender Security-as-a-Service is now priced at $0.012 per hour, with other discount options available on AWS Marketplace.  The payment system integrates with Amazon's Flexible Payment System (FPS) to accommodate consumption-based licensing, so users need only a valid Amazon account to subscribe. Users are also welcome to sign up for a free trial of the service for 30 days.  For more information about the free trial of Bitdefender Security-as-a-Service for AWS, please visit Bitdefender Enterprise.

Amazon, AWS and AWS Marketplace are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Amazon Web Services, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.  All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

About focusIT
Established in 2002, focusIT, Inc is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and specializes in Software-as-a-Service (Saas) solutions for the mortgage, financial services and professional services industries, throughout the entire U.S. market.  Originally founded as a traditional network support consulting services business, focusIT transitioned into one of the nation's first fully dedicated software as a service (SaaS) consulting firms.  focusIT recognizes the importance of cloud computing initiatives and has completely embraced this method of technology services.  focusIT solutions allow clients to flatten technology spending, keep current with hardware and software upgrades, and focus on growing their own businesses vs. running a computer network.

About Bitdefender®
Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.

About Bitdefender Enterprise
Through R&D, alliances and partnership teams, Bitdefender Enterprise has elevated the highest standards of security excellence in both its number-one-ranked technology and its strategic alliances with the world's leading virtualization and cloud technology providers. For more information please visit Please follow on Twitter @Bitdefender_Ent

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