10 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 email 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.