Today we’re launching OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers. OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers allows MSPs of any size a co-branded version of our popular OpenDNS Enterprise service to their customers.
This service was created out of demand from two different audiences — first, we have had a large number of MSPs express interest in reselling our OpenDNS Enterprise service to their customers. Second, we have a number of businesses looking to purchase OpenDNS Enterprise but who aren’t looking to buy a large subscription (which is what our corporate sales team focuses on). As a result, we now have a fully-integrated program for MSPs and a solution for our customers looking for a smaller or more tailored offering while still getting all of the OpenDNS Enterprise features.
We hear all the time that existing appliance-based solutions are prohibitively expensive and require site visits to install and often to manage. This isn’t ideal for the MSPs or for the clients. We believe OpenDNS is now serving a critical need of IT solutions providers around the world with the advent of OpenDNS for Managed Service Providers.
As a cloud-based service with a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than alternative security services, OpenDNS Enterprise helps MSPs lower overhead costs and time spent on-site at client locations, while giving their customers something they’ve been looking for — comprehensive Web content filtering, faster Internet, and phishing and Malware protection. OpenDNS Enterprise’s unique malware and botnet protection technology is unlike anything else available, providing a significant differentiator IT solutions providers can pass on to their clients.
Finally, I want to provide a big thank you to the dozens of MSPs who have been testing this with us over the last 3-4 months as we made refinements to both the dashboard interfaces and the program itself. We’re confident we have created a program that works well for all MSPs and are excited to make sure the program is a huge success.