September 29, 2008
Tech Data U.S. Adds Hosted Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and BlackBerry Services
Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD) today announced a distribution agreement with USA.NET, a leader in business e-mail hosting. Tech Data customers now have access to a broad suite of hosted services, including Microsoft Exchange 2007; Microsoft SharePoint 3.0; integrated support for BlackBerry and other mobile devices; and e-mail archiving and security. USA.NET services can all be branded as the reseller's own and sold to their customers on a monthly subscription.
"Whether you're a small business or a FORTUNE(R) 500 company, robust, secure collaboration tools are essential," said Tech Data Senior Vice President, U.S. Marketing Joe Quaglia. "USA.NET's hosted SaaS offerings enable even the smallest businesses to take advantage of enterprise-class e-mail and other collaboration services with little or no investment in additional IT infrastructure or technical expertise. This represents an opportunity for resellers to offer their SMB customers advanced collaboration solutions as a managed service to generate valuable recurring revenue.""Our partnership with Tech Data enables us to engage their nationwide network of resellers, who are ideally suited to introduce USA.NET hosted e-mail services to small and medium sized businesses," said Doug Howard, president, USA.NET. "The marketplace is at a tipping point where VARs are looking to distributors much more than ever before to help them enhance their portfolios with software-as-a-service offerings. This is driven in large part by a heightened demand for on-demand services such as secure hosted e-mail on the part of their end-user customers."
USA.NET hosted services enable more efficient communication and information sharing between employees, customers and other stakeholders. Services available through Tech Data include:
-- Microsoft Exchange 2007 - Provides full access to Microsoft Exchange 2007 e-mail, calendar, attachments, contacts and other collaboration capabilities
-- Microsoft SharePoint - Boosts productivity through more efficient document sharing and task management from a secure central source
-- Mobile Messaging - Enhances productivity and responsiveness with integrated support for ActiveSync, Good(TM) Mobile Messaging, BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server, iPhone and other mobile devices
-- E-mail Archiving - Assists with regulatory compliance, legal discovery, storage and business continuity
-- Enhanced Messaging - Adds additional services to e-mail, including content filtering, encrypted e-mail, instant messaging and directory synchronization
-- Advanced Security Services - Protects critical information assets from e-mail threats with virus protection, spam control and content filtering
"Selling hosted Microsoft solutions through USA.NET is an opportunity for our VAR partners to offer customers--ranging from small businesses to large enterprises--the most robust collaboration solutions available on the market today," said Rob Moyer, director, U.S. Distribution, Microsoft Corp. "Additionally, doing so as a monthly subscription is a tremendous way for VARs to build profits and establish a managed services practice."
USA.NET manages 80 terabytes of data and more than 1 million business mailboxes in 120 countries. Its nine geographically distributed operations centers and three redundant data centers provide 24x7 monitoring and management. USA.NET customers include Farmers Insurance Agencies, United Airlines and UPS Stores. To learn more about USA.NET hosted services available through Tech Data, call 800-237-8931, ext. 82031, Option 7.
VARChoice--Tech Data Managed Services
Tech Data's managed services strategy centers on its VARChoice framework, bringing best-of-breed solutions to the channel so resellers can choose the managed services that best align with their go-to-market strategies and meet their customers' needs. Tech Data's partners include: remote monitoring and management service providers Advanced Technology Services, N-able Technologies and Zenith Infotech; managed print services application provider FMAudit; converged voice and data service providers Cbeyond Inc., Telovations Inc. and XO Communications; hosted e-mail provider USA.NET; and financial services provider IBM Global Financing.
Cited as the "Top Player" for the business e-mail hosting market by The Radicati Group, Inc., USA.NET, The Global Secure eMessaging Service Provider(R), is the only hosting provider that is SAS 70 Type II Audited, Microsoft Gold Certified, a member of the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for Exchange, and winner of the 2006 Microsoft Excellence Award for Exchange Hosting Solutions. USA.NET eMessaging solutions are modular and infinitely scalable to ensure customers can grow their business without having to invest additional resources, time or capital into their mission-critical messaging infrastructure. USA.NET is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perimeter eSecurity. For more information about USA.NET visit http://www.usa.net.
About Tech Data
Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ GS: TECD) is one of the world's largest distributors of technology products from leading IT hardware and software producers. Tech Data serves more than 100,000 IT solution providers in over 100 countries. Every day, these value-added resellers depend on Tech Data to cost-effectively support the technology needs of end users, including small and medium businesses (SMB), large enterprises and government agencies. Ranked 105th on the FORTUNE(R) 500, Tech Data generated $23.4 billion in net sales for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2008. To learn more, visit www.techdata.com.