ServGate Forms Strategic Alliance with MDS Holdings to Cover 30 Countries in Middle East, Eastern Europe & Africa

Aug. 11, 2004 – ServGate Technologies – the leading provider of integrated, modular network security platforms – today announced a strategic alliance with MDS Holdings, a diversified distributor of computer systems, solutions and services, expanding ServGate’s reach to over 30 counties in the EMEA region.

ServGate will work with MDS Group subsidiaries in key geographies including:

¾ For the Middle East, Dubai-based Mindware S.A., a leading distributor of IT products to over 4,500 resellers in 10 countries.
¾ For Eastern Europe, Budapest-based ITM CE Kereskedelmi Kft.
¾ For Africa : Orly, France-based Southcomp Polaris SAS, a leading IT distributor to 23 countries in Africa

“The EMEA region is burgeoning with increased acceptance of Internet and network connectivity, precipitating the need to bridge legacy equipment with next generation technologies like ServGate’s award-winning EdgeForce?¤ platform, creating a tremendous opportunity for MDS Group’s wide range of networking and security market specialists,” said Nabil Bustros, president, MDS Holdings.

ServGate is the developer of EdgeForce, the award-winning integrated security platform offering McAfee-based spam and virus screening applications in addition to web filtering by SurfControl, attack protection, web caching, firewall and VPN services. EdgeForce platforms also uniquely perform Full Context Inspection,â„? which provides unified threat protection by screening real time packet contents in their complete, proper context to block suspicious traffic at the network perimeter. The EdgeForce platform’s pioneering modular architecture accommodates new services and performance upgrades on all EdgeForce systems, enabling them to scale with the growth of the customer’s business and network needs, and adapt to the changing threat environment.

“ServGate is delighted to have access to MDS’ vast strategic distribution channel and we look forward to a very collaborative relationship,” said Riccardo Leite, vice president, EMEA, ServGate. “ServGate and MDS are committed to ensuring that our mutual customers receive focused sales and support, the widest market coverage in the region, and channels business growth through aggressive market share increases.”

About MDS Holdings

MDS Holdings is a diversified conglomerate with corporate offices in Beirut, Lebanon, specializing in distribution of computers and computer-related systems, software licensing and professional services, and computer site design and equipment. The company maintains numerous subsidiaries whereby each is an operating unit with a specific management partnership. The company maintains two driving objectives: A coherent and consistent product line within the boundaries of a well-defined and accessed market; and expansion through increased market share in lieu of a larger offering. For information, visit www.mdsholdings.com.

About ServGate

ServGate is the leading provider of integrated, modular network security platforms for small and medium businesses and the distributed enterprise. EdgeForce systems consolidate in a single hardware platform multiple security services – including virus, spam and URL filtering, attack protection, web caching, firewall, VPN and more – in a modular and scalable format, reducing the cost and complexity associated with sourcing, implementing and maintaining disparate applications from multiple vendors. ServGate’s Full Context architecture provides the deepest level of blended protection possible in a security device by analysing and screening entire components of network traffic. ServGate’s corporate headquarters are located in Milpitas, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information about ServGate, call 408-635-8400 or visit www.servgate.com.




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