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cloud-150For nearly ten years, I worked as an IT guy. I was a desktop support specialist, a server and network admin, and eventually a technology director.

While I worked in several different industries—finance, software, non-profit—all of the organizations I worked for had one thing in common: they were all small and medium-sized businesses, or SMBs.

And, as an IT professional, I faced the same challenge in all of these roles: SMBs have many of the same infrastructure needs as larger enterprises, but I didn’t have the time, budget or expertise to implement enterprise technology. Antivirus is a great example.

When I worked at an educational non-profit organization, we had a couple hundred users and a fast-changing environment. We had students doing who-knows-what with the classroom computers, limited Internet bandwidth that was often brought to its knees by people watching streaming video during peak usage times, and an Executive Director who wanted to use his Blackberry for work.

I was familiar with technologies like device control, host-based intrusion prevention systems (HIPS), web content filtering, and mobile device management. But who had the time or budget to research, acquire, learn, configure and maintain each of these systems?

Like most SMB IT professionals, I was left with a choice: attempt to implement one or more complex enterprise solutions as best I could, or I could compromise on the features and integration by selecting a hodgepodge of “small business” products. Goodbye Active Directory sync and HIPS! Hello separate web filtering, antivirus and mobile solutions!

It is no exaggeration to say that if someone had showed me Sophos Cloud back then, I would have thought it was an April Fool’s prank. No server and console to configure and install? Enterprise-class technology that is both affordable and easy to use? Everything integrated into a single intuitive interface?

Surely that’s not possible! And, to be fair, it wasn’t possible back when I was working in IT. But today it is.

About Sophos Cloud

Sophos Cloud provides everything you need to manage security for all of your organization’s end user devices: Windows, Mac and mobile. From device control to HIPS, Active Directory sync to web content filtering, it’s all there.

More importantly, it’s designed to give you enterprise-level protection with Sophos’s trademark simplicity. It’s almost enough to make me wish I was working in IT again.

Try it out today. You’ll be up and running with the 30-day free trial in just 60 seconds.

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