Computerlinks today announced that it has become a distributor for Trend Micro in the Middle East to address increasing customer demand for Internet content security and threat management.
The value-added distributor will provide an opportunity for local systems integrators to deliver security solutions from Trend Micro.
The security vendor’s offerings – which are powered by Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, a global threat-intelligence data-mining framework – are designed to stop malicious programme threats when they emerge. Furthermore, its all-in-one hosted security services and software are built to help its customers secure their data in and out of the office.
“Increasingly, companies are looking to virtualisation and the cloud for greater flexibility and lower operational costs,” said Ihab Moawad, Vice President, Trend Micro MEA and Mediterranean. “Public or hybrid cloud enterprises require a robust security foundation to protect their entire journey to the cloud.
“We have entered into a strategic relationship with Computerlinks for their regional expertise in technology services. This agreement allows us to create customisable and scalable security solutions, which will help our customers take full advantage of the benefits of virtualisation and cloud computing, without compromising on security.”
Moawad also emphasised the “big business” the organisations expect to do “very soon” in Saudi Arabia. “We think Saudi is a goldmine for both of is,” he said.
With Computerlinks already a distributor for Trend Micro in 17 of its 20 global offices, it was a natural choice for the Middle East operations of both parties, said Lee Reynolds, Managing Director, Computerlinks.
“We’re a great partner of Trend so far, I think,” Reynolds said. “We’ve always looked at building that relationship further in other areas in the region to bolster our global partner.
“A global partnership is very good, but if you don’t have local presence and strength there is no point. In this situation we have both. It’s a great situation to be in. We spent the last three months really defining the strategy of what we need to do. We both have great aspirations for the region.”
Reynolds added that he was particularly impressed with recent acquisitions Trend Micro has made, which he said he was “very interested” in developing.
He also revealed plans of bringing an authorised training centre to the UAE, and providing registered training programmes for customers and partners.
“That for us is a very important ecosystem, and we have a great machine to do that for Trend,” he said. “It’s being worked on as we speak, and I’m very happy to build on this with Trend. Together, we’re committed to building this and a great relationship.
“We need to build together a strong ecosystem of new customers and partners – that is exactly where this is coming from.”