Techplus revives SMB mail with new distribution deal

Techplus revives SMB mail with new distribution deal

Distributor takes on MailRevive and looks to develop SaaS arm of the business

Techplus Distribution has inked a deal with Synetek Systems to take on its managed application service, MailRevive.

It operates in conjunction with an organisation's IT network to ensure the protection, preservation, continuous operation and availability of email communications.

Techplus managing director, Paul Kern, said Synetek had approached the distributor to get some ideas about launching MailRevive into the channel.

"When they told me about the product, it sounded like something that would be good for the channel and we were interested in taking it on as a distributor," he said.

MailRevive would appeal to smaller organisations looking to implement managed email services, Kern said.

"The usual entry level into that is about $20,000, so it's only going to appeal to larger companies," he said. "Smaller companies want to get this type of functionality and everyone should have it, but the barrier to entry is too high. The great thing about MailRevive is that there is no real barrier to entry at all."

Customers can expect to pay about $10 per user per month for MailRevive.

"This type of technology has been quite heavily used in the US because it tends to be more adherent to corporate governance rules," Kern said. "If emails are business related, you have got to keep them for seven years, but people don't, they delete them."

Kern said Techplus was keen on getting more involved in software-as-a-service (SaaS) or hosted solutions.

"We want to develop more of a software and SaaS arm and find other solutions that would complement products like MailRevive," he said. "Overall I think that is going to boost our business. The margins are better and generally the market and the IT industry are heading towards SaaS."

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