September 20, 2012 - 12:00
Technology acquisition to boost GFI’s mobile strategy and ability to offer a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) solution for MSPs and IT administrators
GFI Software® today announced that it has made a strategic technology acquisition, purchasing a cloud-based multi-platform mobile device management solution from UK-based VizualMobile Ltd.
The technology, which currently supports Android, iOS and Blackberry devices, will continue to be developed by GFI and integrated into two of its major product platforms, GFI MAX RemoteManagement for Managed Service Provider (MSPs), and GFI Cloud, a web-based platform for IT administrators in small and medium-sized businesses. The new technology is expected to be available in GFI MAX later this year and in GFI Cloud in 2013.
“We are constantly on the lookout for new technologies that will help us solve our customers’ problems and enhance our products. Cloud-based mobile device management is an important market that we believe is, as yet, relatively underserved in the SMB space and most of the solutions that do exist are not designed with MSPs in mind. The acquisition of this technology will strengthen our products and allow us to address the rapidly-growing demand for mobile management capabilities by SMBs,” said Walter Scott, CEO at GFI Software.
“We see the development of cloud-based services for small businesses as the way forward for GFI and support of mobile devices is a priority for us. This acquisition complements our existing antimalware and remote control technologies for Android devices and the combination of these three gives us a unique set of capabilities in this area. We will be investing in the VizualMobile technology to continue adding new features to what is already a cool, easy to use, cloud-based solution to manage mobile devices,” Scott added.
Commenting on the acquisition, VizualMobile’s founder, Tim Lloyd said: “It has always been our ambition to see VizualMobile reach a wide range of customers and achieve success in the market and I am very pleased that GFI has chosen to take our technology forward as its strategic solution for mobile device management, which we view as a recognition of the value we have created so far. We were looking for a company that had a vision, the ability and the resources to take our technology to a new level and GFI fit the bill perfectly.”
VizualMobile utilizes cloud technology to provide a feature rich and affordable smartphone device management solution that helps small to medium-sized businesses secure, track and report on their mobile device assets.
GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) 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 SMBs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organizations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States, UK, 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 ISV Partner.