San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – October 22, 2007 – Web host and national provider of integrated voice and data communications firm, Covad Communications Group, Inc., has joined security firm, McAfee, to provide a broadband and security bundle designed specifically for small businesses.
The partnership is designed to allow Covad to bundle McAfeeTotal Protection for Small Business services with Covad’s broadband products, to provide small business customers with a simple, affordable solution to meet their security needs. This announcement follows Covad’s earlier introduction of enhanced Email and Web Hosting services that enable small businesses to quickly and easily establish a professional Internet presence with minimal cost.
Eric Weiss, Chief Marketing Officer at Covad explained, ”Covad is excited to provide customers and partners with the first new managed service in our initiative that we call Business Essentials. We are very pleased that McAfee is partnering with us to give our small business customers the peace of mind that comes from deploying the industry’s leading security solution.”
McAfee Total Protection for Small Business was developed to provide an all-in-one service that manages updates automatically to protect desktops and servers against emerging threats. The product includes anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for desktop PCs and file servers, combined with a desktop firewall and McAfee SiteAdvisor to guard against viruses, spyware, identity thieves, phishing, unsafe browsing and hacker attacks. This service also includes 24×7 technical support as well as access to the McAfee SecurityCenter, an online management portal where customers will be able to see all their protected computers in one virtual place. McAfee SecurityCenter also enables customers to set policies and view reports without the need to invest in additional management software or servers.
Todd Gebhart, Senior Vice President and General Manager at McAfee Consumer, Mobile and Small Business added, ”We look forward to working with Covad to build a strong partnership to benefit our customers. McAfee Total Protection automatically safeguards businesses against known and as yet undiscovered threats, freeing business owners from managing IT security and allowing them to focus on their core business, Covad’s nationwide network, experience in serving small businesses, and commitment to providing innovative broadband products make it an ideal partner for McAfee.”
Supporting the McAfee service is Covad’s portfolio of access services including regular and bonded T1, business-class DSL, and fixed wireless broadband. Covad operates what the company says is the nation’s first and largest next-generation broadband network, from which it has launched advanced broadband services such as Bonded T1 and ADSL 2+ services for businesses.
Clark Severson, owner of Costa Mesa, CA-based AVANT Productions noted, ”Choosing the McAfee Total Protection for Small Business from Covad gives me the benefits of a single, experienced provider for both my high-speed Internet access and security service needs. As a small business owner, I am always looking for ways to save time and money. With Covad, I get one bill and one point of contact for support, and I don’t have to sign a yearly contract or pay an upfront fee. Doing business with Covad is easy and enables me to focus on what’s really important to my customers.”
By purchasing a Covad-McAfee solution, small businesses will benefit from a convenient bundle that combines high-speed Internet access with real-time intelligent protection for servers and desktops. The offer requires no upfront capital investment in software, and provides easy installation and maintenance, including automatic updates. This appeals to small businesses, which typically have minimal or no IT staff, that are price and time-conscious. A typical 10-user small business will pay $40.00 a month for the security service.
A nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications, Covad offers DSL, Voice Over IP, T1, web hosting, managed security, IP and dial-up, wireless broadband, and bundled voice and data services directly through Covad’s network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. According to the company, as the first company to commercially deploy DSL in the United States, Covad has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a network that passes more than 57 million homes and businesses in 44 states – the largest nationwide footprint of any DSL company. Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles, San Jose, California 95134. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD.
To learn more about the new products, please visit: www.covad.com/services/business_essentials.
For more information about Covad, please visit: www.covad.com.