Virtualization specialist Parallels teams up with Trustwave to provide cost-conscious businesses with PCI DSS validation solutions.
Virtualization and automation software company Parallels has announced it is
partnering with Trustwave, a provider of on-demand data security and payment
card industry compliance management solutions, to provide cloud services
providers with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard compliance
PCI DSS is the payment card industry
security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder
data, and it has been endorsed by most major card brands, including Visa, MasterCard
Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express and JCB.
Trustwave will provide PCI DSS services
and solutions to Parallels' customers, including the TrustKeeper on-demand
compliance management program, which provides customers with the automated tools
necessary to validate PCI DSS compliance such
as the required quarterly network vulnerability scans. Businesses that have a
Web presence will be able to display Trustwave's Trusted Commerce site security
seal. The Trusted Commerce seal simultaneously displays both an organization's
compliance with the PCI DSS and their use of
an SSL certificate with one seal.
"With the PCI DSS and beyond, it was
critical that security be a primary focus to ensure the integrity and privacy
of our cloud services providers," said Soeren von Varchmin, Parallels' vice president of software as a service.
"Working with a trusted and strategic partner like Trustwave was extremely
beneficial to address PCI DSS compliance."
Additionally, Parallels will refer partners to additional Trustwave
technology and services to support real-time compliance. Such services include
TrustKeeper Agent, an on-site monitoring software that performs policy checks
and inspects for prohibited data storage on any system in which it is installed.
"Typically, the cloud services provider is handling the physical
requirements associated with PCI DSS
validation, which in turn, facilitates their customer compliance efforts," said
Trustwave Chairman and CEO Robert J.
McCullen. "Trustwave's technology will secure Parallels' partners and their
network environment while strengthening their own security posture."
Earlier this month, Parallels launched the public beta of Parallels Panel 10
SMB Edition-a hosted control panel software aimed at helping hosting and cloud
services providers broaden their offerings and better meet small to medium-size
business needs. The solution introduces Parallels Partner Marketplace, which
Parallels said enables hosters to enter the software-as-a-service (SAAS) market
and provides SMBs access to a number of IT and business applications, including
e-commerce, customer relationship management, human resources, accounting,
video conferencing, Web content management and e-mail.
Parallels also said Panel 10 SMB edition helps hosters develop new revenue
streams by offering their midmarket customers add-on applications like
SpamAssassin, Helpdesk, Tomcat, ColdFusion and MSSQL for increased average
revenue per user (ARPU). The company offers hundreds of commercial business
applications through its APS Catalog and also offers a "power plan" that grants
end users (SMBs) access to the entire application library. Other features
include a site builder tool to help create professional-looking Websites;
roles-based user setup, which allows users to see only the tools designated for
them; and collaboration and productivity tools such as time tracking, CRM,
file sharing and blogs.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.