This applies to Integrated Antivirus, Integrated CloudCare Antivirus, and Avast Business Antivirus Standard, Pro, and Pro Plus. Barracuda also acquired the Avast Managed Workplace RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) solution, likely inserting itself into the upper echelon of managed service providers that resell RMM solutions of their own. Managed Workplace is offered as a cloud service, with multiple global instances already running on AWS.
This is good news for the SMB market and the channel community that serves it, said Kevin Chapman, general manager of Avast Business.
“We believe the best way to serve the small to mid-size business market is to focus 100 percent on our core mission of protecting them against advanced threats and potential losses of data, revenue and reputation caused by cyberattacks,” he said in a statement. “Avast Business is focused on investing in the channel to better serve SMBs with our layered security portfolio.”
Brian Babineau, senior vice-president and general manager for Barracuda MSP, described the security-centric RMM solution as a complementary piece to its existing security solutions and security awareness training.
“Similar to ensuring that security best practices are woven into end users’ everyday behavior, security needs to become a key component of an MSP’s daily monitoring and management responsibilities,” he said. “An RMM with built-in security functionality, strengthened further by integrations with threat-specific security products, creates a solid foundation on which MSPs can build a managed service offering and, most importantly, improve their clients’ overall security posture.”
In a press release Monday, Barracuda cited a report from AMI Partners that said the RMM market is expected to reach nearly $800 million by 2022 and said that “every MSP, transitioning reseller or new market participant needs and RMM.”