Trend Micro Supports Microsoft SBS 2011 Essentials for SMBs

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The platform leverages the cloud to provide central management for the security of Windows-based devices.

Internet content security specialist Trend Micro announced the release of a hosted endpoint security solution to support Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials dashboard add-in functionality with Worry-Free Business Security Services, a hosted security service for protecting PCs, servers and other Windows-based devices.

The platform leverages the cloud to provide central management for the security of these devices without installing software components that could slow the server down. Now it includes a server dashboard add-in for the recently launched Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. With this addition, small to medium-size business (SMB) owners have the ability to be in greater control of their businesses' security and can see if it's at risk and can enforce policies such as Web usage.

"We know hosted endpoint security is fast becoming the platform of choice for small businesses," said Greg Boyle, global product marketing manager at Trend Micro. "We have been working closely with Microsoft during the development of SBS 2011 to deliver an update to our service and to ensure that it's available in all of our 22 supported languages to make cloud services more accessible to small businesses worldwide."

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is designed for businesses with less than 25 employees. It provides simple out-of-the-box functionality for improved data backup, remote access to company information and improved productivity, and it is also designed to enable seamless integration to cloud services.

"We are very excited about Trend Micro's support for SBS Essentials. Their Worry-Free Business Security Services solution perfectly marries the server's philosophy of an IT infrastructure that offers advanced functionality to our customers without the cost of high complexity that usually comes with it," said Enrico Toro, senior marketing manager of Windows Server for Microsoft. "As a cloud solution that integrates with the server's dashboard, Trend Micro's software does exactly that. It protects their network, giving customers full control, but it takes away the worry and the time spent on making sure the software is always well maintained and up to date. Small businesses will be pleased."

Boyle explained rather than deploying management software onto the box and potentially slowing it down, the full power of the box can be used to grow the business as it was intended. "Hosted security is perfect for small businesses buying their first server," he said. "We expect that the adoption of hosted or cloud security alongside first servers and in particular Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials will significantly add to the 300,000-strong user base of our hosted endpoint platform."