The response to Cobia since we announced in April has been overwhelming. Thousands of people have downloaded Cobia and begun using Cobia in the business, school, home and lab networks. At the same time we’ve had tremendous interest from software and hardware vendors about our plans for Cobia and the potential for alliances, resellering programs, hardware for Cobia and OEM interests.
Cobia is so much more than a product, it represents even more new products, new customers and revenues for businesses in the industry, and partnerships between many players in our industry. And of course amongst those downloading and using the software, Cobia brings huge value over fixed appliances and has the advantages that open source software brings.
I’m pleased to tell you that this week we are making several announcements at Interop in Las Vegas. First is our new StillSecure Cobia Partner Programs (see the press release here). We are announcing partner programs for VARs, ISVs and Platform (hardware manufactures and OEMs) and partners who have joined each respective program for our launch at Interop.
Next, is our Cobia appliance, with Cobia pre-installed and with all the advantages in tact of Cobia’s open, modular software platform. This ain’t "your father’s Oldsmobile" fixed appliance. The Cobia appliance is all about convenience. If you want total plug-n-play installation, upgrades to new modulars and feature enhancements, then this option is for you. We’ll be offering the Cobia appliance through our VAR partners and also on the Cobia site. More details on the appliance options will follow soon.
Third is our paid-for commercial Cobia support; email, phone and 24×7. Sometimes it is important to have email and/or phone support in addition to the free Cobia user forums and this gives businesses the piece of mind they can contact StillSecure directly and receive the exceptional support provided by our Customer Support Engineers.
Those are our announcements this week. I’ll be talking more about them on the Cobia blog and I’m sure Alan and Martin will be chiming in on their thoughts as well over the next few days.
If you are coming to Interop, please stop by our booth. We are in the middle section, just to the left. If you aren’t able to make the show I hope I get to see you soon and please feel free to drop email to me.