based anti-spam and anti-virus company SMX has scrubbed its one
billionth spam email - an unsolicited enticement to purchase replica
watches that came from an IP in Moldova.
To cap off the milestone, SMX has added leading Australasian real
estate group, Harcourts, to its list of customers.
With 3500 email users, Harcourts joins 40,000 New Zealand business
users, including blue-chip customers Accident Compensation Corporation,
the Automobile Association of New Zealand, TAB, Sealord and Statistics
Launched in February 2006, SMX promises customer that its Mail
Scrubbing service will clean mail of viruses and spam with up to 99.9
per cent accuracy. This is a service paid for on a monthly, per user
basis, rather than as a software product installed on a customer's own
SMX managing director Jesse Ball says the 1 billionth message was an
important milestone for SMX. 'When we launched the SMX service just two
and half years ago, the market was dominated by software installed and
maintained by the user on their own networks. Now, as we pass the
one-billionth message milestone, the SMX approach of providing spam and
email scrubbing as an outsourced service is rapidly replacing in-house
He says the infamous message was received from an IP in Moldova and
invited recipients to 'Click here and order replica watches from best
Harcourts chief technology officer Jason Wills says the SMX service
is quickly proving a good investment - particularly in reducing pressure
on Harcourt's network. 'The amount we're saving in bandwidth more the
pays for the SMX service itself. It's a cash positive solution.'
He says he chose SMX over other outsourced solutions because it was
so easy to use: 'It's a ‘no touch' solution.
'The redundancy provided by the SMX dual New Zealand datacentres
gives me the security of knowing I don't have to worry about lost or
delayed mail for our users.'
Jesse Ball says local growth of SMX is being matched by international
growth with licensing agreements signed with Symantec, and with India's
largest ICT company, CMC Limited.
CMC is licensed to resell SMX service throughout India, the Middle
East and Africa. Part of Indian conglomerate, Tata Group, CMC is using
the service itself and also introducing it to clients throughout India.
That deal alone is expected to double SMX's customer numbers inside
Through a global services agreement with Symantec signed in 2007, SMX
has begun working with the Indonesian Data Centre, which processes more
than 99 per cent of Indonesia's internet traffic. This deployment is the
first of many SMX and Symantec plan to roll out worldwide.