GFI Software Collaborates with Intel to Meet Growing Cloud Computing Demand – Small Business Trends

Clearwater, Florida (PRESS RELEASE – April 16, 2011) – GFI Software, a leading provider of network infrastructure, security and collaboration solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs), announced it has collaborated with Intel Corp. to make GFI VIPRE Antivirus, GFI LANguard, GFI EventsManager and GFI EndPointSecurity available through the Intel Hybrid Cloud. SMBs are increasingly aware of the cost savings and efficiencies they can gain by adopting cloud-based IT solutions. The Intel Hybrid Cloud enables GFI Software to take advantage of that rising demand and the recurring revenue it generates from subscription-based pricing.

“Through the Hybrid Cloud, Intel is offering VARs and MSPs access to the core solutions a small business needs via a software-as-a-service model”

According to IT research firm Gartner Inc., SMBs “typically have a smaller IT force, and gain significant leverage from the use of external cloud services. These factors have combined so that SMBs are taking the lead in adopting cloud computing for core revenue-producing and mission-critical systems …” Gartner also forecasts that “SMB cloud market revenue will exceed $30 billion by 2014; with the greatest demand coming from SMBs in North America…”

“As more and more SMBs adopt cloud-based solutions to cut costs and streamline operations, GFI Software is evolving its own software delivery and pricing models to support them,” said Walter Scott, CEO of GFI Software. “For the cloud to successfully gain traction in the SMB market, it needs to be easy to deploy, cost effective, reliable and backed by a trusted industry leader. Intel is a name all SMBs know and respect. Participating in the Intel Hybrid Cloud program ensures GFI Software is well positioned to lead SMBs into the cloud.”

“Through the Hybrid Cloud, Intel is offering VARs and MSPs access to the core solutions a small business needs via a software-as-a-service model,” said Bridget Karlin, general manager, Intel Hybrid Cloud. “Whether it’s email, security, VoIP, an office productivity suite or accounting software, we’re creating a market place for SMB applications from industry solution providers like GFI Software. With the applications announced today, and more to be added in the coming months, GFI Software helps diversify and add a tremendous amount of depth to the Intel Hybrid Cloud offering.”

Transitioning SMBs to the Cloud

The Intel Hybrid Cloud is a subscription-based software delivery model providing locally hosted hardware and software on a pay-as-you-go basis. SMBs get all the benefits of services in the cloud with the peace of mind of maintaining their data on site.

The following GFI Software solutions are available through the Intel Hybrid Cloud:

  • GFI VIPRE Antivirus – Defends against viruses, adware, spyware, worms, rootkits, phishing attacks, malicious URLs and more without slowing down PCs
  • GFI LANguard – Provides comprehensive monitoring, patch management for Microsoft and other popular software, vulnerability analysis, asset inventory and other services to ensure network security and compliance
  • GFI EventsManager – Helps businesses meet a broad array of security, regulatory compliance, business continuity and e-discovery requirements by collecting, logging and analyzing events occurring on the network
  • GFI EndPointSecurity – Prevents data loss and theft by controlling what devices access the network, blocking malicious or unauthorized software, and centrally monitoring the network for newly connected devices

About GFI

GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMEs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organizations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania, which together support hundreds of thousands of installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world and is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

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