Trend Micro, Tech Data Team on SaaS

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The security vendor is rolling out a usage-based license model for North American VARs.

Trend Micro is taking its antivirus and content security software and services to a new usage-based, software-as-a-service license model for North American VARs and will offer the program through IT distributor Tech Data.

The deal fits into Tech Data's ultimate managed services architecture. The Clearwater, Fla.-based distributor last week at its TechSelect conference in Salt Lake City announced two other service-based offerings to give VARs a head start into the managed services space.

Through the new program, authorized resellers receive a master Trend Micro software license with no up-front investment. Users are charged monthly, resellers receive recurring revenue and no license renewal is required, the company said. In addition, pricing for the program remains stable for the duration of the subscription period.

"Resellers bill customers on a monthly basis," said Chee Tan, senior director of service provider business and architect of the Trend Micro service provider usage-based licensing program. "Whether you have 100 end users this month and 50 end users next month, you pay as you go."

The program also provides resellers with a high touch model for working with customers, Tan said.

"It's very easy with this for the MSP reseller to gain trust and be treated as a trusted advisor," he said.

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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