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Rhipe adds SMX to distribution portfolio in NZ

SaaS vendor operates as an all-of-government supplier in New Zealand
Tovia Va’aelua (Rhipe)

Tovia Va’aelua (Rhipe)

Rhipe has signed a distribution deal with SMX in New Zealand, offering email management, security and archiving solutions to partners across the channel.

Headquartered in Auckland, the software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor operates as an all-of-government supplier in New Zealand, alongside delivering Spark’s Xtra email service, managing more than one million email boxes in the process.

From a technology standpoint, SMX integrates multiple anti-abuse solutions, data loss prevention and compliance, all managed through a single dashboard, to ensure email is protected from both local and global threats.

The email archive is deployed through Microsoft Azure, leveraging Microsoft data centres in Australia.

“Not only does it provide excellent security for email in terms of attack from malware, but it is also a smart solution for the public and private sector to meet the legal compliance around the archiving of emails,” said Tovia Va’aelua, country manager of New Zealand at Rhipe.

“We are currently migrating 25 customers from a large New Zealand data centre leveraging SMX skills and tools to enable seamless migration.”

According to Ian McDonald - CEO of SMX - the distribution agreement aligns with the vendor’s plan to transition from a direct to a partnership model in New Zealand, through the utilisation of cloud services.

“While we have been in email management and security for 13 years, we have identified a pressing need among organisations for email archiving, and support for legacy data migration on to a cloud solution,” McDonald added.

“Archiving is critical for three reasons – risk management, contestability and meeting statutory requirements. With Rhipe connecting with clients we can focus on product development and supporting customers alongside the extended Rhipe team.”

The local distribution agreement comes weeks after Rhipe acquired Queensland-based Microsoft partner Dynamics Business Solutions in a AU$4.5 million deal, potentially rising to AU$8 million.

As revealed by Reseller News, the acquisition complements the distribution deal for KPMG’s Wiise cloud accounting technology for small to medium businesses, which was signed in October 2018.

Furthermore, the ASX-listed business recently reported a 30 per cent increase in sales to NZ$119.4 million for the six months ending 31 December 2018, amid plans to build out cloud capabilities across Asia Pacific.

Rhipe is also increasing investment through the indirect Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program for Office 365, growing the number of CSP Office seats by 200,000 in the past year to 430,000 seats.