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KVH Japan signs for SMX cloud email security service

KVH Japan signs for SMX cloud email security service

Auckland, 24 August 2011.

Cloud-based email security provider SMX Limited has signed a licensing and support agreement with KVH, one of Japan's leading information delivery platforms providing IT and communication solutions.

The agreement will see KVH replace their existing cloud-based email security service with the SMX service to meet KVH's requirement for carrier-grade inbound and outbound email filtering, locally-hosted in its own datacenters and made available to KVH customers under its own brand.

Joseph Duhamel, Executive Vice President of Systems and Technology for KVH, says KVH will use the SMX platform to offer their own-branded inbound and outbound email filtering service - MailScan MX - to customers throughout Japan.

"We selected SMX after a worldwide search for a number of reasons. Most important is the ability of SMX to deliver a carrier-grade service which we can run on our own servers in our own datacenters, with all mail filtered locally. Local email filtering is an important requirement for many Japanese companies and Government departments," Duhamel says.

"We were also impressed with the ease with which SMX handles customer provisioning and billing and the willingness of SMX to stand behind the very high levels of accuracy in email filtering which our customers expect and demand."

SMX CEO Jesse Ball says the sale to KVH is highly strategic for SMX as it rapidly expands its customer base throughout the Asia Pacific region.

"KVH is highly regarded as one of the most innovative network and managed service companies in Japan - valued for its network speed, agility, and high quality of service and multilingual support. KVH is 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. KVH recently opened the most modern datacenter facility in Japan- which survived the recent major earthquake unscathed. KVH is also a pioneer in the provision of sophisticated cloud services.

"We are absolutely delighted that such a savvy and sophisticated technology company has selected the SMX service to complement their cloud strategy," Jesse Ball said.

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About SMX

SMX is a market leader in cloud-based email filtering and cloud platform management. The company's SMX3 platform delivers state-of-the-art inbound and outbound email filtering, enables fast and easy integration of virtually any existing enterprise application and the serving of these applications via the cloud model. SMX3 integrates sophisticated user provisioning and billing and is designed to be easily 'white labelled', meaning customers including Telcos, IT services companies and ISPs can incorporate SMX services under their own brands. SMX's strategy of deploying its service 'in country' is a key competitive differentiator. Local deployment - through an SMX data-centre or through the data-centres of market partners - ensures email is filtered in the customer's own country, under local law and jurisdiction. SMX has a blue chip list of 200 resellers and partners and over 1,200 customers and 1.6 million users throughout the Asia Pacific. Major international partners include Symantec, Fujitsu, Message Systems, CMC India (a Tata Group subsidiary) and Tsukaeru.net, Japan's fastest growing provider of hosted applications and services. 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 information: www.smxemail.com

About KVH

KVH was established in Tokyo in 1999 by Fidelity Investments as a Japan-focused IT/communications service provider. As an information delivery platform that allows enterprise customers to store, process, protect and deliver their vital business information. KVH offers integrated cloud and network solutions that include infrastructure-as-a-service, managed services, data center services, professional services, data networking, internet access, and voice services. KVH operates the lowest latency network in Japan, and with over 450 financial services customers, is the leading provider of ultra low latency network and proximity hosting solutions to the high frequency trading community in Tokyo and Osaka. KVH also offers low latency connectivity services between major financial markets in the Asia/Pacific region and the US including Tokyo, Chicago, New York, Singapore, Hong, Kong, Shanghai, and Sydney. More information: www.kvh.co.jp/en/.

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