Qualys recently introduced a private cloud version of its QualysGuard Cloud Platform.

"Sold on an annual subscription basis, the QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform includes a package of Linux-based VMs running the various QualysGuard components, including web, application, database layers and a standby failover database," Web Host Industry Review's Nicole Henderson writes.

"According to the company, the private cloud version allows users to host and operate the security and compliance platform within their data centres to meet the varying needs of private, community, public and hybrid cloud services," SC Magazine reports.

"The QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform can be used by customers and partners who are located in countries with strict data sovereignty rules prohibiting the movement of sensitive security information across national borders," Computer Business Review reports. "It is also useful for government entities with strict data possession requirements, which prohibit the use of public cloud services, and hosting providers that want to offer value-added security services to their tenants, serviced from their own infrastructure."

"As organizations and government agencies continue to consolidate data centers, leverage virtualization technologies and open their IT environments to business partners and third parties, they now have the opportunity to build security into the fabric of their datacenters," Qualys chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot said in a statement. "The new virtualized QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform allows us to extend our security and compliance solutions to such environments that require a private cloud instance on premise, offering the full benefits of our cloud solutions without the complexity and cost associated with deploying traditional enterprise software."