by Stephen McCarney, VP of Marketing
On June 1, after an in-depth evaluation, leading technology research firm Gartner named OPAQ one of only three Cool Vendors in Security for Midsize Enterprises (MSE) for 2018.
According to the report, “These vendors offer a compelling combination of innovation and midsize enterprise suitability. Midsize enterprise IT leaders responsible for security and risk management should familiarize themselves with these impactful approaches to improving security posture with finite resources.”
What makes a hot company a cool vendor? Gartner’s definition of a Cool Vendor is a small company offering a technology or service that is:
Innovative — Enables users to do things they couldn’t do before
Impactful — Has or will have a business impact, not just technology for its own sake
Intriguing — Has caught Gartner’s interest during the past six months
Gartner analysts stated: “Security-as-a-service vendor OPAQ is cool because it can provide MSE IT leaders with a caliber of managed network visibility and control — at a predictable operating expenditure price — that is typically out of their reach. MSEs that lack staff expertise to manage and monitor multiple network security appliances and consoles can benefit from the OPAQ Cloud.”
Gartner released the Cool Vendors report just prior to the start of its 2018 Security and Risk Management Summit. Several of us from OPAQ attended the event, which drew an increasingly larger audience of midsize enterprises who value Gartner’s insights on the technology landscape and emerging trends.
We were delighted to see OPAQ referenced in analyst sessions and in presentations. Moreover, we were excited to hear that OPAQ was being discussed by executive attendees to analysts during their one-on-one analyst meetings.
There is no doubt that the security-as-a-service solution OPAQ delivers will be a mainstay in a market that is embracing simplified, cost-effective enterprise-grade security from the cloud.
We’re extremely proud of this recognition from one of the most highly respected analyst firms.