GFI Erases Line Between Managed Cloud Backup, Remote Monitoring

GFI Software continues to connect the dots between its managed services software tools and cloud services. The latest example involves GFI MAX Managed Online Backup joining the GFI MAX RemoteManagement platform for managed services providers (MSPs). If you look at the GFI software portfolio, it's clear the company is trying to give MSPs a one-stop shop (remote monitoring, security, storage) for recurring revenue opportunities.

According to a prepared statement from GFI Software, the GFI MAX Managed Online Backup platform features:


  • Encrypted IP backup for and application-aware VMware Snapshots.
  • Data de-duplication to minimize bandwidth usage.
  • The ability to simultaneously back up data onsite and in the cloud.
  • Pay as you go pricing based on volume of data stored.
The GFI MAX family also includes GFI MAX MailProtection (managed email security) and GFI MAX Mail Archive (managed email archiving), plus integrations to Autotask and ConnectWise in the PSA (professional services automation) software markets.

Admittedly, most of the major RMM (remote monitoring and management) software platforms include third-party storage integrations. But GFI Software seems to be extremely business and keenly focused on (a) acquiring software products or (b) launching new products that plug directly into the GFI MAX platform. The idea is to give MSPs a single dashboard for managing customers' IT assets and data. Yes, most MSP software companies have that vision. But GFI MAX keeps extending its portfolio -- aggressively -- to potentially fulfill that vision.

Side note: GFI Max General Manager Alistair Forbes and I have been trading email, trying to speak a bit more about the GFI Max Managed Online Backup platform. In particular, I need a refresher course on (a) what GFI Software has developed in-house and (b) what GFI Software has launched either through acquisition or partnerships. Forbes, by the way, joined GFI Software through the HoundDog Technology acquisition in 2009. Back with more details as soon as Forbes and I connect.

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