SurfControl extends its global network to Australia

Spam is still on the increase

IT security provider, SurfControl today opened its first Asia Pacific data centre in Sydney.

The data centre's regional location and high-performance infrastructure will enable SurfControl's on-demand e-mail and Web security services including MailControl and WebDefense, to customers in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Hosted by Equinix, the Sydney data centre is the tenth in SurfControl's global network.

The expansion is part of a worldwide push into on-demand services following the acquisition of BlackSpider Technologies last year.

SurfControl's APAC sales vice president, David Lenz, said on-demand services can be provided from anywhere in the world. However, he said huge managed services growth in this region led to the opening of a centre in Australia.

Lenz said the company chose to invest in a powerful, on-the-ground infrastructure to support the growth of its regional customer base and support the on-demand delivery model, which requires reliability, speed and flexibility.

"We have already signed on-demand customers in Australia and uptake to date has been double our expectations," he added while not disclosing new customers.

The on-demand infrastructure provides always-on protection against threats like viruses, spam and malware by filtering Web and e-mail traffic before it reaches the network gateway.

By partnering with Equinix, SurfControl has access to robust and secure infrastructure with a strong track record of up-time.

According to Lenz, the maturity of the secure content management market in Australia had led to strong interest in layering the on-demand services with more traditional software or appliance solutions.

"Spam makes up as much as 80 percent of incoming e-mails - 10 years ago it was 30 percent," he said.

"As a result larger organisations are showing interest in multi-layered security.

"They can cut the junk with MailControl - saving bandwidth, storage and admin time - and maintain granular control with a software or appliance solution on the network; the multi-layered approach offers the best of both worlds."

One customer, the NSW Teachers Credit Union, is using MailControl to manage e-mail and spam.

The union's IT Manager, Colin Thomas, said the goal was to rid systems of spam and spyware with additional services that the organization couldn't afford any other way.

"It is a set and forget solution that scans e-mail before it even gets to our perimeter," Thomas said.

"E-mail volumes are now down 80 percent and we've got zero spam and zero spyware."

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