OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers Program Shows Enormous Growth in First Year

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More than 600 IT solutions organizations herald OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers as the smartest and easiest way to provide leading malware protection and Web filtering solutions to their customers.

OpenDNS, the world's largest and fastest-growing provider of Internet security and DNS services that deliver a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience to everyone, today announced that OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers is celebrating monumental success in its first twelve months. Since the program, which is designed to give IT solutions providers the tools necessary to sell and manage OpenDNS Enterprise, launched on Nov. 1, 2010, more than 600 Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have been authorized to provide their clients with OpenDNS Enterprise’s innovative and comprehensive Web security, including first-of-its-kind malware protection and robust Web filtering.

The unprecedented, whirlwind adoption of OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers indicates that OpenDNS Enterprise has rapidly become the preferred Internet security tool of IT solutions providers. OpenDNS Enterprise is an entirely cloud-based Web security solution that provides cutting-edge inbound and outbound malware protection and flexible Web filtering. The service can be deployed and managed from anywhere through a Web-based Dashboard, eliminating the need for costly and time-intensive visits to remote locations and making it perfect for MSPs.

The unique malware prevention capabilities of OpenDNS Enterprise, which not only block users from visiting known malicious sites but also disable communication between botnets and their online hosts, fills a critical need for MSPs. It allows them to stop fixing malware and start preventing it, thus preserving resources and improving profit margins.

OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers was developed because IT solutions providers were desperately seeking a way to escape the capital constraints of appliance management and the resource-crippling cycle of software deployments and updates. OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers accommodates IT solutions organizations of all sizes, so even leading MSPs that serve hundreds of customers and manage thousands of devices can give their customers best-in-class Web security.

Further, OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers is the favorite solution of MSPs because it provides critical value:

Allows MSPs to provision and manage with ease: The OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers Web application enables the selling, provisioning, managing and supporting of OpenDNS Enterprise, so that MSPs can easily incorporate it into their service packages. OpenDNS Enterprise works with nearly every router or gateway device available, which means there is no costly equipment to purchase, install or maintain on site.

Enables MSPs to keep their customers, and their assets, protected: OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers lets MSPs secure customers’ Web and Internet traffic by protecting against malware, phishing and botnet infections. OpenDNS Enterprise offers the only DNS-based solution that protects across all network protocols, prevents drive-by downloads and most importantly - immobilizes botnets from phoning home, leaking confidential information and disrupting your network. Less infections means more time for you and happier customers.

Provides MSPs a new branding opportunity: OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers lets MSPs display their logo and branding for customers to see on the dashboard and block pages, reinforcing the value and service you provide your customers.

“Onboarding 600 MSPs, all of whom report very happy customers, in just the first year of this program is astonishing,” said OpenDNS Founder and CEO, David Ulevitch. “MSPs are reinforcing that OpenDNS Enterprise is exactly the differentiator they need to run a more preventative, efficient and cost-effective operation.”

Ulevitch continued, “We’re committed to making sure our MSP partners have the education and support resources they need to be successful.”

What Managed Service Providers are saying:
“We have been astounded by the results. OpenDNS stops malware before it even reaches our customers’ firewalls by filtering for malware at the DNS query. It’s been a great addition to our malware defenses.” - Jim Lancaster, Sagiss’ founder and CTO

“OpenDNS was quick to set up, easy to maintain and a single dashboard allows us to look after all our clients from the same place. It really was a simple decision and one we would make again.” – Thomas Mitchell, Technical Director, Techsolvers.

“As an MSP offering fixed-priced monthly contracts, it is critical that we control and secure our client networks to maximize our profitability. Since engaging with OpenDNS, our incident rates of malware infections have dropped substantially. Many of our clients have commented how much safer they feel now.” - Robert Cioffi, Managing Partner, Progressive Computing, Inc.

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, any time. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com.

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