LenelS2 continues its move to the cloud with its flagship enterprise security platform OnGuard using the new OnGuard Cloud Edition to run in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. A pre-configured version of the OnGuard platform enables value-added resellers to deploy the software without lengthy installation or the need for onsite servers. LenelS2 is a part of Carrier, a global provider of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

OnGuard’s cloud capabilities have been expanded by creating Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), a pre-configured operating system and virtual machine within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). These are made available to resellers and end users via the AMI listings. Following deployment, AMIs can be customized to meet an end user’s specific needs.

“We recognize cloud availability as a tremendous opportunity not only for our value-added resellers, but also for our end-user community,” said Jeff Stanek, president, LenelS2. “The OnGuard Cloud Edition offers the opportunity to reduce or eliminate the need for onsite OnGuard server hardware and the operational costs that accompany it. Also, the latest AMIs enable end users to evaluate new versions of OnGuard prior to full commercial deployment.”

M.C. Dean, an integrator of LenelS2 products to the federal government based in Tysons, V.A., collaborated on expanding OnGuard’s cloud capabilities using the cloud-based AMIs.

“We are excited to add OnGuard Cloud Edition to M.C. Dean’s growing portfolio of managed security cloud services,” said Bill Dean, chief executive officer, M.C. Dean. “We can now build and deploy OnGuard Cloud Edition into our customer’s cloud networks in under a day to provide 24/7 centralized monitoring and management from our cloud security operations center.”

LenelS2 offers two OnGuard Cloud Edition AMIs; one for smaller deployments and a Pro version for larger installations. In both cases, users run the OnGuard system in the cloud while continuing to use standard OnGuard licensing.

Previous and current releases of OnGuard software also support cloud-based deployment through Microsoft Azure, including support for Azure Active Directory and Azure SQL Database, providing users with the option to subscribe rather than buy licenses for these services.