Lifeboat to Distribute OpenDNS Umbrella Network Security Service

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Channel seen as key route to new customer audience for cloud-delivered network security leader; Service complements resellers’ traditional end-point protection offerings

Lifeboat Distribution, an international value added distributor for virtualization, security, business continuity and other technically sophisticated products, today announced a distribution agreement with OpenDNS, a leading provider of cloud-delivered network security. Lifeboat will distribute the OpenDNS Umbrella cloud-delivered security service to its network of resellers in the United States and Canada.

OpenDNS is a leading provider of cloud-delivered network security services that uses predictive intelligence to combat the malware, botnets and advanced attacks that antivirus software and firewalls miss. Umbrella, the company’s flagship cloud security suite, is already used by 10,000 businesses worldwide to proactively protect against known and emergent threats before their networks are attacked. Umbrella complements and reinforces customers’ existing desktop, roaming laptop and BYOD protection regimes to keep malware from compromising their systems and to stop botnets or phishing attacks from exfiltrating sensitive data.

“We have invested in making our award-winning network security service quick for our partners to deploy, easy for them to manage and effective at providing security for their customers' networks,” said Jeff Samuels, CMO, OpenDNS. “A strong solution provider channel is one of the most effective ways to reach an even wider audience of prospective customers. As our principal North American distributor, Lifeboat Distribution will help us recruit a network of resellers and managed service providers that can reach a whole new set of customers.”

“System and network security is a continuing threat to all enterprises and—therefore—a predominant component of many solution provider business models,” William R. Botti, Executive Vice President, Lifeboat Distribution. “The OpenDNS Umbrella service is a simple, powerful and lucrative line extension for our resellers and managed service providers as they work to help secure their customers’ information systems.”

Lifeboat will promote the OpenDNS Umbrella network security service in conjunction with the company’s extensive line card of security software and appliances. Resellers and managed service providers interested in offering OpenDNS solutions should contact Lifeboat by phone at +1.800.847.7078 (US), or +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or by email at sales(at)lifeboatdistribution(dot)com.

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is a leading provider of network security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. The Umbrella cloud-delivered network security service blocks advanced attacks, as well as malware, botnets and phishing threats regardless of port, protocol or application. Its predictive intelligence uses machine learning to automate protection against emergent threats before they can reach customers. OpenDNS protects all devices globally without hardware to install or software to maintain. For more information, please visit:

About Lifeboat Distribution
Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), is an international value added distributor for virtualization/cloud computing, security, application and network infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery, database infrastructure and management, application lifecycle management, science/engineering, and other technically sophisticated products. The company helps vendors recruit and build multinational solution provider networks, power their networks, and drive incremental sales revenues that complement existing sales channels. Lifeboat Distribution services thousands of solution providers, VARs, systems integrators, corporate resellers, and consultants worldwide, helping them power a rich opportunity stream, expand their margin+ services revenues, and build profitable product and service businesses. For more information, visit, or call +1.800.847.7078 (US), +1.732.389.0037 (International), +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or +31.36.8200.236 (Europe). Follow Lifeboat Distribution on Twitter (@LifeboatVAD) and Facebook (LifeboatDistribution).


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