Network Associates Pilots Managed Services Console

Tool could become broadly available in October

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The McAfee division of Network Associates is testing a management console intended to help solution providers sell its managed services portfolio, according to its top U.S. channel executive.

The management offering and associated Web site tools let solution providers of its antivirus service track order status, set up free trials for customer prospects and existing accounts, collect and sort statistical information and manage online renewals, said Mike Menegay, Network Associates' senior vice president of channels, North America.

Network Associates has teamed up with several U.S. distributors to create the McAfee Security VirusScan AsaP offering. Under the partnership, the distributors began hosting and offering the service through their NOCs to their reseller client bases earlier this year. The new management console is being tested by about a dozen partners, although Network Associates extended its recruitment campaign during a keynote address at the Breakaway XChange channel conference here.

Network Associates hopes to release the new tools to the entire channel in October, Menegay said.

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