January 02, 2013 - 12:00
GFI Cloud™ enables resellers to help small and medium-sized businesses strengthen IT operations through new efficiencies and cost savings provided by the cloud
GFI Software today announced the availability of GFI Cloud through its reseller partner network. GFI Cloud is a ground-breaking platform for the delivery of cloud-based services via a Web-based user interface, accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection, at any time. With it, resellers can capitalize on the growing demand for cloud-based solutions among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), offering them an integrated antivirus, asset and network management platform that can be up and running in 10 minutes or less.
The introduction of GFI Cloud adds more ammunition to the available arsenal of GFI’s channel partners. It enables them to offer SMBs the ability to centrally manage their IT systems more easily and efficiently from the cloud, freeing up their limited IT resources so they can focus on more strategic, business-building IT initiatives.
“Our partner network will be critical to the success of GFI Cloud. Their reach and recommendation is hugely important to us. We know that they want to be able to not only solve their customers’ issues, but to also run a profitable business and with GFI Cloud, they can do both,” said Walter Scott, CEO of GFI Software. “For GFI’s channel partners, this is a fantastic opportunity to tap into new deals and drive deeper engagements with existing customers.”
GFI Cloud enables partners to deliver an increasing range of GFI’s proven technologies to small businesses as they become available within the GFI Cloud platform. Initially, GFI Cloud will include GFI VIPRE® Business Online™, for delivery of advanced antivirus and anti-malware protection, and GFI Network Server Monitor Online™, giving administrators the ability to monitor the health of their networks and optimize server and workstation configurations to improve performance. In the coming months, GFI LanGuard® technology will be added to the roster of services, helping IT security staff to automate software patching and vulnerability assessment via the same centralized Web portal. Additional services from the GFI Software product portfolio will be added in coming months as the company continues its investment in this revolutionary platform.
“Many SMBs are turning to their reseller partners to help them transition IT operations to the cloud. GFI Cloud is not only a platform tailor-made for SMBs, it’s also incredibly easy for resellers to add it their core offerings so they can satisfy the demands of their customers and align their businesses with this emerging opportunity,” Scott added.
Simplifying Management with GFI Cloud
The simplicity of GFI Cloud begins with the one-time installation of an agent that links each machine to the management console via the Web. Once connected, IT administrators log into the easy-to-use GFI Cloud console to manage essential GFI Software services on all workstations and servers intuitively from a single unifying interface. Regardless of location, the lightweight agent connects each machine to the GFI Cloud over the Internet. This enables administrators to manage PCs and laptops used by mobile or home-based employees as easily as those that are within their own sites.
Research Data Shows Small Businesses Lack Confidence in Network Security
GFI also released the results of an independent blind survey today (see related announcement: “GFI®Survey Finds Majority of Small Businesses Not Confident in Network Security or Performance”) that indicates small businesses are uneasy about their network security and performance. More than half of the 200 small business IT administrators surveyed would not bet their own money that all of the machines and devices their business owns and employees use are free of malware (51%) or that all are operating at peak efficiency and will not fail (59%). The survey also found that nearly half (48%) of IT admins report that they do not have the capability to see which PCs or servers on their network are about to fail.
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.