GFI buys Sunbelt Software

US-based SME software infrastructure player has picked up security software vendor Sunbelt for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was driven by Sunbelt's VIPRE product set, and GFI said today that it would fold the VIPRE security portfolio into its own email and web security solutions group. Other

US-based SME software infrastructure player has picked up security software vendor Sunbelt for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition was driven by Sunbelt's VIPRE product set, and GFI said today that it would fold the VIPRE security portfolio into its own email and web security solutions group.

Other Sunbelt assets, including its software distribution business, will be divested into a separate company for which GFI said it would explore "other strategic partnerships."

"Over ... several years we have looked extensively for the best technologies ... developers ... and management teams that will allow us to expand our current product offerings and provide the best service we can to our customer base," said GFI CEO Walter Scott.

"We see this ... as an excellent opportunity to increase our installed base, drive the software globally through our international partner channel, and also build our consumer market, which has a powerful drag-along effect on the SME and SoHo markets," he added.

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