Hornetsecurity forms their next important partnership with api Computerhandels GmbH as the third distributor to further increase the penetration of the German IT retail market. The cooperation has strategic advantages for both sides: While Hornetsecurity is once again significantly increasing its presence in the German channel and at the same time gaining access to other European markets, api is expanding its portfolio of value-added services to include important security elements.

In the process of searching for an additional distributor, Hornetsecurity was convinced by api’s many years of expertise and the high range of distribution. Founded in 1994, the company with headquarters in Baesweiler and various national and international subsidiaries has been operating very successfully in the IT industry for over 25 years and provides services to more than 14,000 specialized and wholesale customers and system houses.

Api convinces as a full-range supplier with a highly automated logistical system, and at the same time focuses on the expansion of its value added services. An important aspect here is the establishment of a comprehensive IT security portfolio. With its cloud solutions for secure email communication, Hornetsecurity provides essential components in this area. In particular, the Security and Compliance Suite for the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud, 365 Total Protection and the 365 Total Encryption service for the encryption of email content in Office 365 play a key role.

The partnership is of strategic importance for api and Hornetsecurity”, emphasizes Daniel Blank, COO of Hornetsecurity. “In the next three years, up to 70% of the local appliance for email security, email archiving and encryption will disappear. Analysts like Gartner sometimes present an even clearer scenario: While large companies and upper midsize businesses have long been relying on cloud products and have been outsourcing their mailboxes to global service providers such as Microsoft for a year now, the big shift in Germany is just around the corner”.

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Daniel Blank, COO at Hornetsecurity

api offers access to large parts of the German specialized retail market and thus completes our market access. We have now successfully completed our transformation to a 100% distribution business“, Daniel Blank continues. “Since January, partners can only complete their participation in the Hornetsecurity Channel Program by selecting an authorized distribution as their supply channel.”

Andreas Printz, Purchasing Manager at api, confirms: “System houses face the great challenge of fully protecting the IT infrastructure of organizations. Cloud solutions such as Office 365 are now increasingly being used. It is also the responsibility of the specialist trade partners to understand the data protection and security requirements of their customers and to deliver appropriate added value. With the services of Hornetsecurity, we can provide them with the necessary tools to secure email communication and thus close one of the main entry points for cyber attacks. At api, we always strive to be correctly positioned for current and future challenges in order to meet the diverse requirements of our customers quickly and reliably”.

About the Hornetsecurity Group

Hornetsecurity is the leading German email cloud security provider in Europe, which protects the IT infrastructure, digital communication and data of companies and organizations of all sizes. The security specialist from Hanover provides its services worldwide via 9 redundant, secured data centers. The product portfolio covers all important areas of email security, including spam and virus filters, legally compliant archiving and encryption, as well as defense against CEO fraud and ransomware. With around 200 employees, Hornetsecurity is represented globally at 11 locations and operates in more than 30 countries through its international distribution network. The premium services are used by approximately 40,000 customers including Swisscom, Telefónica, KONICA MINOLTA, LVM Versicherung, DEKRA and Claas.

About api Computerhandels GmbH

Due to constant growth, the steady expansion of intensive manufacturer cooperations and reliable, flexible customer support, api Computerhandels GmbH is a strong partner in IT distribution that focuses on providing services to qualified retailers and system houses. Personal contact persons at various national and international locations offer competent advice, which is supplemented by specially trained focus sales teams and the extensive VAD area with our academy. You are welcome to visit us at www.api.com.