If any evidence were needed of the growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) market in the information security space then here it is - McAfee today announced the opening of a London datacentre, its fifth in just a year.
The security giant, whose acquisition by Intel was only recently given the green light by regulators, had already opened datacentres in Amsterdam, Sydney, Tokyo and several across North America, with another due to open in Hong Kong soon.
The computing power housed in these buildings is primarily geared to supporting the firm's growing email and web security SaaS offerings, backed with an ISO27001 accreditation, which will help to reassure most CISOs worried about the security risks of outsourcing any part of the IT infrastructure to a third party.
Further reassurances are given by features such as locating a minimum of two datacentres in each region so one acts as backup to the other.
They also operate on multiple power feeds, and connect to independent internet trunks and are "carrier neutral", meaning they don't rely on a single ISP for inbound or outbound traffic.
Like most other vendors in the crowded security space, McAfee is keen to promote the cloud as a perfect way to deliver some of its key services.
Filtering email and web threats in the cloud before they have a chance to get onto and disrupt the corporate network is a far cheaper and more efficient way to deal with them than traditional methods.
In this respect, McAfee's datacentre expansion is more than just a statement of intent from an ambitious security vendor. It's a recognition that the old anti-virus signature update system simply cannot keep up with the fast-moving pace of today's threats.
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