Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), the experts in securing connections between people, applications and networks(tm) today announced the introduction of its SnapGear(tm) portfolio of secure Internet connectivity appliances for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) and branch offices of larger enterprises (SME) to its channel partners worldwide. This launch extends Secure Computing´s unified threat management offering from the largest data centers to the smallest offices environments, allowing channel partners to compete in the full range of unified threat management opportunities. Targeted specifically to the unique needs of small and medium businesses, the SnapGear product line is comprised of seven appliance models starting at Ј170.50 and represents an important milestone in the execution of Secure Computing´s post-merger strategy.
According to IDC, there were more than 60 million SMBs worldwide which represented $450 billion in IT spending in 2005. SnapGear addresses this growing demand for strong, yet manageable, network security for small and medium businesses by combining the best of Secure Computing´s enterprise-proven security protection with an easy-to-use Internet connectivity appliance. A flexible solution, SnapGear can be deployed as a stand-alone firewall, a VPN gateway, a unified threat-management appliance or as a complete, secure network-in-a-box with all of the Internet and network connectivity features normally available only in enterprise-class devices.
“The launch of the SnapGear appliance extends our renowned unified threat management solutions to the growing market of small and medium sized businesses, creating great opportunities for our channel partners,” said Vincent Schiavo, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Secure Computing. “We are confident that SnapGear´s easy-to-manage, yet powerful and feature-rich security protection will prove the right combination for this important market segment. SnapGear provides a high margin product we are proud to add to the Secure Computing product portfolio.”
“Our SMB and SME customers are demanding more sophisticated security solutions to safeguard their businesses and keep up with today´s rapidly moving security threats. All-in-one unified threat management appliances offer comprehensive, easy-to-install and cost-effective security perfectly suited for the unique needs of the SMB/SME markets,” said Nitesh B Thakrar – Technical Director, E-Manage Ltd – UK, a Secure Computing channel partner. “The addition of SnapGear to the Secure Computing line-up gives the channel a wide range of easy-to-sell premium security solutions from the most trusted name in the business. This is a huge win for our customers.”