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Growth in Cloud Services Drives CCL Selection of SMX

Media Release 12 October 2012

Growth in Cloud Services Drives CCL Selection of SMX

Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) is the latest local IT services company to adopt the New Zealand-owned and developed cloud-based SMX email security software as the preferred anti-spam and anti-virus solution for its customers.

CCL is the largest IT services company in the South Island with more than 130 staff nationally with offices in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Blenheim, Wellington and Auckland. The company is growing quickly around an established base in the local government, health, education and agriculture sectors.

CCL Director Alan Leigh says a reseller agreement signed with SMX will see CCL integrating SMX with its mature Infrastructure as a Service and new Desktop as a Service and Hosted Exchange market offerings. He says government and local government organisations are a particular focus as the Department of Internal Affairs ‘One Government’ initiative stimulates early adoption of the cloud model by government organisations of all sizes.

“We evaluated a wide range of cloud email filtering and management solutions in making our selection. It is important to us that SMX is a proven solution. And it is definitely important to us and our customers – particularly government customers – that SMX filters mail in-country rather than offshore and supports such things as the SEEMail secure government email encryption standard.”

“There were also important technical aspects that weighed in SMX’s favour. SMX’s design and capability couples with other cloud and hosted services infinitely better than traditional solutions. It also runs more efficiently and cost-effectively. The bottom line is that it’s highly efficient, easy to deploy, and easy to integrate into other cloud offerings,” Alan Leigh says.

“We are rigorously agnostic as to our selection of technology partners,” Leigh says. We build solutions based on best of class components. We absolutely see SMX as the best in class in the email filtering space and an important component of our desktop as a service and hosted exchange cloud offerings.

He says CCL sees SMX as ‘just one component’ of a bundle of software and services that CCL is using for its Desktop as a Service offering - where CCL claims a market leadership position.

“We were recognised by Cisco for implementing the first production Infrastructure as a Service solution for clients using UCS technology in New Zealand in 2009. We now have a mature infrastructure as a service offering, and mature transitioning methodologies to help business move to an Infrastructure as a Service cloud services. Now we are building on that to offer a truly market leading Desktop as a Service cloud solution. This is a major strategic growth focus for CCL. Others are talking about the opportunity, but we have customers live with our Desktop as a Service solution right now and we are moving quickly to consolidate our early mover advantage,” Leigh says.


About SMX
SMX is a market leader in cloud-based email filtering and cloud platform management. The company's SMX Cloud platform not only delivers state-of-the-art inbound and outbound email filtering but also enables fast and easy integration of virtually any existing enterprise application and the serving of these applications via the cloud model.

SMX Cloud integrates sophisticated user provisioning and billing and is designed to be easily 'white labelled', which means customers including Telco’s, IT services companies and Internet Service Providers can incorporate SMX services under their own brands.

A key point of competitive difference is in SMX's strategy of deploying its service 'in country'. Local deployment — through an SMX datacentre or through the datacenters of market partners — ensures data is not routed through other countries, but is served in the customer's own country, under local law and jurisdiction.

SMX has a blue chip list of 200 resellers and partners and more than 8,000 customers and 2 million users throughout the Asia Pacific region. Major international partners include Symantec, Fujitsu, Message Systems, CMC India (a subsidiary of the giant Tata Group) and KVH, highly regarded as one of the most innovative network and managed service companies in Japan — and particularly well known as the provider of very high speed 'low latency' fiber networks to major Japanese financial sector customers, including the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka Securities Exchange, the Tokyo Commodity Exchange and the Tokyo Financial Exchange.

SMX is a privately-owned company based in Auckland, New Zealand, where co-founders Jesse Ball and Thom Hooker lead sales, support and development teams focused on local and international sales, both direct and through reseller and license agreements. More


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