HP, McAfee Team Up to Protect SMB Arrays

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-01-04

Data security provider McAfee on Jan. 4 announced an agreement with Hewlett-Packard to provide its subscription-based McAfee Total Protection Service as a pre-installed feature on HP's StorageWorks X500 Data Vault storage arrays.

The service is available through HP as a free 90-day trial. Following the trial period, the service becomes subscription-based, with pricing based upon the number of storage arrays.

The StorageWorks X500 Data Vault, which costs about $1,000, is designed for small businesses to use for storing, securing and sharing data. It runs on Microsoft Windows Home Server and provides automated backup for up to 10 PC clients and Macs on its network.

McAfee's Total Protection Service uses a standard SAAS (software-as-a-service) framework to provide protection from spyware and viruses for integrated endpoints, e-mail systems and Web browsers. The service also includes access to the company's online SecurityCenter.

SecurityCenter is a Web-based security console managed by McAfee that provides enterprises with data management and reporting services.

"Customers want to share important documents, photos and media files with the assurance that they are protected from viruses and spy ware," Lee Johns, StorageWorks' director of marketing, said in a statement. "When our customers access a file on their HP Data Vault device, McAfee Total Protection Service automatically scans and blocks viruses, spyware, unwanted programs and other potential Internet threats to ensure greater security."

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