MCLEAN, Virginia, November 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Commtouch ® (NASDAQ: CTCH), a leading provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services, today announced it acquired Berlin, Germany-based eleven GmbH. The acquisition was completed on Friday, November 16, 2012.
eleven is well-known throughout Germany as the leading provider of mail-based Security-as-a-Service (SecaaS) solutions, capturing more than 36 percent of the German market for managed email security. In addition to managed email security and archiving solutions, eleven also provides advanced on-premise email solutions and services to selected customers, and its customer base includes some of the largest organizations in Germany, including BMW, SAP, Siemens and Deutsche Telekom / T-Online. The acquisition of eleven enables Commtouch to accelerate delivery of private label cloud-based security solutions specifically designed for OEM and service provider markets. In addition, Commtouch's global reach should accelerate sales and adoption of this leading security technology developed by eleven.Commtouch will continue expanding eleven's brand and presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland while also supporting the needs of all of eleven's valued customers, channel partners and distributors through the combined resources of both companies. Outside of Germany, Commtouch continues to focus on its primary OEM business and private labeling of cloud based Security-as-a-Service solutions. Commtouch will retain the eleven brand in the DACH region. Eleven's 60 employees will remain with the company. Robert Rothe, eleven CEO and founder, also joins Commtouch's executive team as Chief Technology Officer and head of Commtouch's operations in Germany. "eleven's proven cloud-based technology delivers tremendous capabilities that will accelerate Commtouch's strategy to become a cloud-based Security-as-a-Service solution provider for the OEM and service provider markets," said Shlomi Yanai, CEO of Commtouch. "Both the people and the products at eleven will serve a significant role in our continued effort to grow Commtouch by offering the most advanced and innovative security technology. We also look forward to serving all of eleven's current customers and partners and we are committed to maintaining its leading stance in Germany. I welcome all of eleven's employees to the Commtouch family and look forward to the valuable contributions of Robert Rothe in his new role as CTO at Commtouch." "I am pleased to join Commtouch as CTO, and I am excited to combine the resources and great talent in both companies," said Rothe. "Through Commtouch's acquisition of eleven, there is a tremendous opportunity for global growth as Commtouch brings eleven's award-winning technology to larger markets through its extensive base of OEM and service provider partners. We look forward to continuing great service for our existing customers while also seeing significant benefit in expanding our opportunities as part of Commtouch."