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SaaS offering backed up with Free hardware recycling initiative

Webroot Software : 03 December, 2008  (New Product)
Recognising the redundant hardware effect of opting for Software-as-a-Service, Webroot is now offering a free security hardware recycling service to subscribers
Webroot has announced the launch of "Go Green," a global program which offers businesses free, earth-friendly recycling of legacy security hardware. In partnership with Centillion, a leading global recycler, and its US-based subsidiary Guaranteed Recycling Xperts (GRX), one of the leading recyclers of computers and electronics in the US, Webroot will properly dispose of any legacy security hardware replaced by the purchase of a Webroot Security Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.

"When we realised that the tremendous success of security SaaS solutions would be making hardware-based security obsolete, we took steps to provide a socially responsible alternative for recycling this influx of electronic waste," said Peter Watkins, CEO, Webroot. "In conjunction with Centillion and GRX, leading global recyclers, this program is a natural fit with SaaS. The move to the software-as-a-service model will greatly reduce the need for on-premise hardware, which will help lower the amount of electronic waste and conserve energy."

According to estimates by Centillion, 1.9 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment are discarded every year. There are over 65 million units of CRT products in circulation in UK at present with another 6 million units of CRT waste entering UK waste streams each year. And, according to estimates by US Environmental Protection Agency, 2.25 million tons of TVs, cell phones, and computer products have been discarded in the US. Only 18 percent (414,000 tons) was collected for recycling and the remaining 1.84 million tons was sent to landfills in the US and in third world countries.

"The European WEEE Directive calls for businesses to dispose of their electronic and electrical equipment efficiently and safely, and we're excited to be working with Webroot on their Go Green initiative to aide those companies to become compliant with EU legislation," said Craig Millward, Sales and Marketing Director, Centillion. "Centillion recycles 100 per cent of its IT equipment received. We collect, disassemble and shred or crush material, and then distribute the end product to certified downstream partners for reprocessing and recycling into new products or raw materials. We have seen a growth in the re-use of IT equipment and we expect to see a sharp increase in demand for our services as more IT departments convert to the SaaS computing model."

Centillion guarantees it does not export hazardous waste material; it does not land-fill or incinerate hazardous waste material and operates according to the most rigorous set of environmental business standards for electronics recyclers. After electronic waste material is collected, dismantled and sorted in the Centillion facilities, a major business effort ensures that further re-processing and recycling meets its high standards.

"With only 20 percent of all electronic hardware getting properly recycled, the Go Green program allows us to respond to the increased demand for comprehensive security while providing an earth-friendly approach," added Watkins. "We were early adopters in the Green movement internally and have always led by example - now we can offer the market better protection for their networks and our planet."

The Webroot Go Green program is available to any customer who replaces a security appliance or an on-premise security solution with a Webroot Security SaaS solution. Webroot will send the customer a prepaid shipping label to transport the hardware to the closest Centillion facility in the UK. Once the hardware has been properly recycled, the customer will receive a certificate of authentication suitable for framing and a Webroot Go Green logo which signifies they have contributed to a cleaner planet.

Webroot Security SaaS solutions give IT departments the ability to outsource their security applications to centralized data centers for better manageability, better value and better protection than hardware appliances and server-based solutions.

Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS protects against spam, viruses and data leakage, along with additional compliance, archiving and business continuity features.

Webroot Web Security SaaS provides protection against Web-based malware threats for corporate and mobile users while ensuring appropriate employee Web usage and data leak protection.

Webroot Security SaaS solutions are backed by free US-based support that includes 24x7x365 access to a robust knowledge base, toll-free telephone support and free product and defense updates for the duration of a subscription.
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