Jeremy Hulse, vice president of sales APAC at Marshal 8e6, told CRN the combined entity will be effective as of 13 November.
“The combined company serves around 20,000 customers managing and around 16 million end users in 96 countries,” he said.
“It also includes the combined billings of around US$50 million in the past twelve months.
“Marshal8e6 will begin operations with more than 250 employees; research and development; and sales operations in US, England, New Zealand and Taiwan.”
According to Hulse the two companies agreed to merge – and not acquire one or the other – because both had similar synergies; a good roadmap; and portfolio of products.
“[Merger] discussions have been going on for a number of months and came to fruition when it was decided that it would be a great opportunity between both companies as we operate in similar spheres and it will provide a greater offering to both our customers and channel partners,” he said.
“8e6 also has a great reputation in the education and mobility market. These two areas are important in the Australian region.”
Hulse said its A/NZ existing channel reseller and distributor line-up will not be changed, although 8e6 will bring its Adelaide reseller, WebShield, and its New Zealand reseller on board.
“We will bring all resellers up to date on the combined company. We recognise our partners for all their hard work,” he said.
“We will work with them in understanding the new product sets from 8e6 and strengthening both existing relationships and developing any new ones brought into the fold.”
Patrick Murray, director product management at Marshal8e6, said its Australian reseller has been with the company from the beginning – and it has been around for 13 years.
“While we are global, Marshal’s presence will give us a stronger foothold in some regions and vice versa,” he said.
Murray said 8e6 approaches products from an appliance perspective and Marshal from a software box view.
“This will compliment both organisations,” he said.
Marshal merges with 8e6
By Lilia Guan, CRN on Nov 13, 2008 10:10AM