18 August 2017
Konica Minolta will integrate Sophos’ wireless systems and security platform into its Workplace Hub.
With its UK head office in Basildon as well as 13 regional offices across the UK, Konica Minolta provides a range of managed print services as well as software and technologies for business users and consumers. The company describes its recently announced Workplace Hub as an “innovative” IT solution for SMEs that integrates everything from basic office automation functions to security, IoT device management and data storage in a single platform.
Dennis Curry, executive director of global R&D and deputy CTO at Konica Minolta, says: “Workplace Hub not only allows businesses of all sizes to achieve effective digital transformation but also future-proof themselves against the next wave of technology innovations.”
Curry says what the company needed was a reliable yet simple security solution that could support its roadmap for future integration of IoT, AI and other mature capabilities as they become more central to future business environments.
According to Sophos, it was chosen because of its expertise in providing fully integrated, enterprise-grade solutions that are easy to deploy and manage for organisations without a large IT security team.
Konica Minolta will use Sophos’ XG Firewall which, according to the vendor, offers many features that make OEM integration simple and effective. Sophos says these include a flexible management interface that can be branded or accessed via APIs; multiple options for bundles, including email and web security, sandbox, next-gen firewall and wireless security; and an extensive sales training program to enable fast adoption within the sales team. The company adds that there are also “mature” support and integration processes, allowing partners to more quickly get to market
“Due to its easy management and deep visibility into network activity, the XG Firewall is perfect for Konica Minolta’s vision for the workplace of the future,” says Francois Depayras, VP for global OEM alliances, Sophos.