11 June 2010

SMX partners with Fujitsu New Zealand for cloud-based email security service

New Zealand cloud email security company SMX has signed Fujitsu New Zealand as a local reseller. The partnership will see Fujitsu offer the SMX anti-spam and anti-virus service as part of its managed services offering for New Zealand customers.

SMX managing director Jesse Ball said the Fujitsu New Zealand agreement demonstrates a growing acceptance of SMX among top tier IT services companies.

"Cloud offerings are quickly gaining traction in New Zealand and it is great to be partnered locally with a global leader such as Fujitsu. The partnership further validates the strategic work we've done in making the SMX service fast and easy for companies to slot into their wider offerings. It also shows the importance of being able to filter mail ‘in country'. Competing services route customer emails through offshore datacenters, whereas our strategy is to use local datacenters with local support. That's proving to be a powerful differentiator for us internationally as well," Jesse Ball said.

He said the Fujitsu agreement was part of continued strong growth for SMX in 2010, with high demand in New Zealand being matched by strong international growth, particularly in Australia and India.

In describing SMX's offering Jesse Ball said, "The SMX service is a great illustration of the benefits of cloud computing. Rather than owning and operating their own spam and virus filtering software in house, customers can subscribe on a per-seat basis to have it all done for them - before it hits their network - saving bandwidth, administrative hassles and other drains on productivity."

Fujitsu New Zealand managing director, Stuart Stitt, said that Fujitsu will incorporate the SMX service into its current range of services for customers, enhancing Fujitsu's managed services portfolio in New Zealand.

"Fujitsu has partnered with SMX due to their strength in email filtering in New Zealand, and offering local service and support, which is key to Fujitsu customers. In addition, SMX has a proven service with a great value proposition for Fujitsu customers in our region," states Stuart Stitt.

Developed and launched in New Zealand in 2006, the SMX service pioneered the concept of filtering emails for spam and viruses 'in the cloud' as a service rather than via a software product installed inside user networks.

About Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand

Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand is a leading service provider of business, information technology and communications solutions. As the third largest ICT Company in the Australian and New Zealand marketplace, we partner with our customers to consult, design, build, operate and support business solutions. From strategic consulting to application and infrastructure solutions and services, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand have earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited and Fujitsu New Zealand Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702).

For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com/nz

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.