Exeter, RI, May 24, 2012NWN Carousel, a leader in voice, video and data center networking and converged communications, today announced that it has partnered with Clone Systems, Inc., a globally recognized enterprise-level MSSP (managed security service provider) specializing in network protection and data security. Through the new partnership, Carousel adds a powerful services-based component to its existing best-of-breed IT security portfolio, strengthening its ability to deliver holistic security solutions to its enterprise-level customers.

As today’s enterprises business face an increasing range of challenges and threats to their data networks, companies recognize the need to implement a security solutions comprised of both products and services. According to research firm Gartner, Inc., the worldwide security services market is forecast to total $38.3 billion in 2012, and surpass $49.1 billion in 2015.* Clone Systems was recently included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for MSSPs in North America.

In choosing to partner with Clone Systems, Carousel was cognizant of the many challenges companies now face in an increasingly difficult IT security landscape, such as a sharp increase in the volume and sophistication of network attacks, a decrease in the resources they have to mitigate these threats and increasing compliance requirements that are now present in nearly every vertical market.

“When we look at Carousel’s growth and the strength of our overall security portfolio, our success is firmly rooted in our solution-based sales approach,” commented Thorsten Behrens, security infrastructure architect for Carousel. “By partnering with Clone Systems, we are able to deliver a robust, cloud-based managed services offering that helps us monitor and defend our customers’ networks more effectively. This has the net effect of lowering capital expenditures for our customers, while bringing an added measure of assurance that their data is secure.”

The new relationship with Clone Systems enables NWN Carousel to provide a suite of core service offerings including:

  • Real-time intrusion detection and prevention
  • Log management, monitoring, storage and correlation
  • PCI scanning and penetration testing

By leveraging Carousel’s managed services security offering with Clone Systems — a certified PCI service provider — companies can more effectively address compliance requirements. “Very often, a customer is missing compliancy because they just can’t maintain the level of staffing, reporting and correlation that is required,” Behrens continues. “Our partnership with Clone Systems helps our customers access a range of resources to help them manage their security requirements both immediately and for long haul.”

Carousel’s relationship with Clone Systems enables it to deliver a holistic security solution that includes an on-premises hardware component as well as a robust cloud-based services offering. “We provide monitoring, alerting and management of network 24/7, but also reporting and insight to the network through our security information portal so the customer has full transparency and visibility into what is going on,” says Richard Daw, chief operating officer of Clone Systems. “All this concise, actionable information is correlated into a single portal.”

For more information on NWN Carousel’ security offerings, please visit our page.

* Source: Press release: “Gartner Says Worldwide Security Service Spending on Pace to Reach $35.1 Billion in 2011 (November 9, 2011).

About Carousel

NWN Carousel designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, managed services, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions. Since Carousel was founded in 1992 we’ve grown an average of 30% – 50% per year with 2012 revenues of $326 million. Today we have over 5,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times.

Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI with over 1,100 employees working from offices in 30 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit https://nwncarousel.linchpin.build.


Jeff Touzeau
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