Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Cloud Computing
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Sunbelt Software Acquired by GFI

Sunbelt Software Acquired by GFI
By Adam Dickter

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

GFI offers products that are available on-premises, through cloud computing or as a hybrid of both. The company operates in the U.S. and United Kingdom, Austria, Malta, Hong Kong and Romania. The merger will allow Sunbelt to bring its security software products and antivirus software into a previously untapped European market.
 


GFI, maker of software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses including Max Remote Management, has acquired Sunbelt Software, in a deal that will allow GFI to tap into established security software sales and integrate them into its systems email programs.

Sunbelt is best known for its VIPRE antivirus software, which is designed to function well without slowing down your computer, with a focus on screening e-mails. Other products include CounterSpy, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, CWSandbox, and ThreatTrack.

Details of the deal between Malta-based GFI, whose U.S. operations are based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Clearwater, Fla.-based Sunbelt, which has about 250 employees were not disclosed. GFI said it is also exploring other strategic partnerships, and will divest itself of a separate Sunbelt division that distributes software, mainly Double-Take high-availability programs.

Dynamic Duo?

The companies painted their merged operation as a force to be reckoned with in the fast-growing data security field.

"The technologies developed by both companies are highly complementary and I have a hard time imagining a better combination," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software in a statement. Eckleberry said the two companies are rooted in similar business principles, with similar markets and a commitment to superlative customer service.

GFI's CEO Water Scott said his company had searched extensively for new developers and management teams to expand its product offerings.

"We were impressed by the high quality and innovative technology that underlies Sunbelt's VIPRE line of products and immediately saw strong synergies between the two companies," said Scott. "We have acquired a good, growing and cash-flow positive business that fits well within GFI's strategic vision to consolidate our products and grow our business."

A report in the Tampa Bay Business Journal said Eckelberry and three other top Sunbelt officials, vice president of research and development Mark Patton, chief technology officer Eric Sites and Bill Emerick, senior vice president of products and services, will remain with the merged company.

The paper said Sunbelt's retiring co-founder Stu Sjouwerman will continue working with Sunbelt publications such as WServerNews, Win7News and SecurityNews.

Range of Solutions

GFI offers products that are available on-premises, through cloud computing, or as a hybrid of both. The company operates in the U.S. and United Kingdom, Austria, Malta, Hong Kong and Romania. The merger will allow Sunbelt to bring its products into a previously untapped European market.

As more SMBs embrace the growing availability of cloud computing systems, it creates an opening for security vending, a field that requires a full-time focus.

"Security by its nature is complex; few SMBs have the staff, experience, or patience to deal with the many threats lurking on the Internet," said E. Scott Menter, VP of business solutions for BP Logix, a Vista, CA maker of business process management software. "For example, many SMBs don't even have adequate password policies. In a situation like that, setting up a VPN [virtual private network] is nice, but it's like putting five padlocks on your front door and then leaving it ajar. You've spent money, but you haven't really improved anything."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Cloud Computing
1.   Concerto 2200: Dedupe, Compression
2.   Office 365 Tailored for Attorneys
3.   Apple Opens China iCloud Data Center
4.   Samsung Buys SmartThings
5.   Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees


advertisement
Concerto 2200: Dedupe, Compression
Firms save money by saving space.
Average Rating:
Samsung Buys SmartThings
To allow people, appliances to interact.
Average Rating:
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees
Company is facing declining profits.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.