Sophos and Zack Systems partner to offer virus scanning to ISPs

April 23, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus solutions, and Zack Systems, a pioneer in developing edge application servers, today announced a partnership to deliver Sophos Anti-Virus to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on one platform. Sophos's virus scanning engine will be seamlessly integrated into Zack's edge application server for use by ISPs to enhance their service offerings to subscribers.

Zack's position at the edge of the network - the point in the Internet closest to end users - gives Zack and its application partners, such as Sophos, the ability to deploy services for customers on top of existing Web traffic without client-side software downloads. The Zack edge application server resides as a proxy platform between users and the Web, enabling Zack to deliver a variety of applications, including watermark branding, content compression, content filtering and now virus scanning, all on one platform.

"By integrating Sophos Anti-Virus into the Zack edge application server, we are extending the reach of our virus scanning services in the ISP market," said David Hughes, president of U.S. operations for Sophos. "Together, we give ISPs a platform for offering reliable virus protection to their subscribers without client-side downloads."

Sophos has been at the forefront of anti-virus research for more than a decade and is focused exclusively on developing corporate anti-virus solutions. Recognizing the broad need for dependable virus protection, Sophos developed an open application-programming interface, to help third-party developers integrate their services and applications with Sophos's powerful virus detection technology. Sophos's application-programming interface is supported on Windows NT and Unix platforms.

"ISP subscribers are constantly at risk from computer viruses," said Dave Weinstein, Zack's president and CEO. "Our partnership with Sophos provides a compelling application to add to our growing offering for ISPs. The Sophos Anti-Virus product gives subscribers the protection they need and want, while providing ISPs with an additional opportunity to upsell services and generate additional revenue."

The Zack edge application server operates in conjunction with existing network architectures and does not interfere with existing caching systems or other server networks. It is currently available as a stand-alone appliance as well as a software solution.