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Auckland based anti-spam and anti-virus company SMX Limited (SMX) has scrubbed its one billionth spam email and celebrated this milestone with the signing of Harcourts, the leading Australasian real estate group.

With 3,500 email users, Harcourts joins the Accident Compensation Corporation and the Automobile Association of New Zealand in SMX's rapidly growing customer list.

Jason Wills, Chief Technology Officer at Harcourts says the SMX service is quickly proving to be a good investment - particularly in reducing pressure on Harcourts' network.

"The amount we're saving in bandwidth more than pays for the SMX service itself. It's a cash positive solution", says Jason Wills.

He says he chose SMX over other outsourced solutions because it was so easy to use. "It's a 'no touch' solution", he says.

"The redundancy provided by the SMX dual data centres, both located in New Zealand, gives me the security of knowing I don't have to worry about lost or delayed mail for our users."

SMX Managing Director Jesse Ball says the 1 billionth message is an important milestone for SMX. "When we launched the SMX service just two and a half years ago, the market was dominated by software installed and maintained by the user on their own networks. Now, as we pass the one billionth message milestone, the SMX approach of providing spam and email scrubbing as an outsourced service is rapidly replacing in-house solutions."

He says the (in)famous one billionth message was received from an IP in Moldova and invited recipients to "Click here and order replica watches from best brands".

Jesse Ball says local growth is being matched by international growth with recent licensing agreements signed with Symantec, and with India's leading ICT company, CMC Limited.

The licensing agreement with CMC gives CMC a licence to resell SMX service throughout India, the Middle East and Africa. The CMC deal alone is expected to double SMX's current customer numbers inside three years. CMC, who are part of Tata Group, India's best-known business conglomerate, are currently using the service for themselves, and are introducing the service to a range of clients throughout India.

Through the global services agreement with Symantec in 2007, SMX has begun working with the Indonesian Data Centre who process more than 99% of Indonesia's Internet traffic. This deployment is the first of many that SMX and Symantec plan to roll out worldwide.

Also this year local reseller agreements were concluded with Gen-i franchisees, Axon and Unisys.

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