SonicWall MSSP program adds licensing options, support
SonicWall MSSP partners can access new pricing options, priority support and additional market development fund opportunities, the security vendor said; more IT channel news from the week.
SonicWall has built out licensing options and support in its SecureFirst program for managed security service providers.
The SonicWall MSSP program now includes annual and monthly pricing model licenses tailored to MSSP businesses, according to the company. Partners can also gain priority access to SonicWall's Premier Support tier 3 engineers. Other new benefits include additional market development fund opportunities, support from a global MSSP strategic account management team and volume-based pricing based on assets under management.
The enhanced program provides "a lot more structure, predictability and consistency around how we work and go to market with our MSSP partners," SonicWall vice president of worldwide channels and North America sales HoJin Kim said.
SonicWall said requirements for participating in the MSSP program include meeting annual revenue requirements, having an operating network or security operations center with help desk L1/L2 support, and meeting sales and technical staffing criteria. Before joining the program, partners must participate in SonicWall's SecureFirst partner program at a Silver-tier level or above.
Kim said he sees growing opportunities for SonicWall MSSP partners as the market gravitates toward contractual security services. "From a customer perspective, we are seeing more and more of the market moving toward security services in a pay-as-you-go or monthly contractual fashion, as opposed to [capital expenditure] purchases of either hardware or software," Kim said. "We think that we have a compelling program to help our partners make money and build their security practice around SonicWall."
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