Distributor Firewall Systems has signed Exinda Networks, a manufacturer of a product used for network traffic monitoring and control.
Its Optimiser appliance offering allows network administrators to allocate priority to critical network applications and isolate and fix things that are slowing the network down.
The product fits perfectly with Firewall’s managed security strategy, said Nick Verykios, marketing director at Firewall. “We’re rolling out managed services and we’ve brought on Exinda to complete the quality of service side of the security offering. If security is deployed, it can take up the entire network when it’s unmanaged,” he said.
“What this [product] does is give us the opportunity to manage the last component of it [managed security] which is the bandwidth side of it and therefore quality of service on the LAN.”
"How can you manage a network if you don’t know what’s happening on it?," he said.
Con Nikolouzakis, executive director at Exinda Networks, said customers are looking for business continuity and the product is all about the continuation of IT services from a “WAN and network perspective.”
Verykios said that Exinda has the backing of “more engineers than you can poke a stick at”.
“What we need is a relationship with a global company that can give us engineering resources to keep working managed services.
“Right now, what they have is a quality of service product that goes a bit further than everything else that’s on the market particularly in the most important area and that’s the [network] reporting,” he said.
“It used to be if a network was under threat -- now it’s always under threat or the network traffic shuts down because so much bandwidth is taken up by the attacks.”
“So this [product] allows you to allocate all of the available bandwidth to the applications and not to that stuff so you can isolate it and work on it,” he said.
The Exinda appliance and OEM technology have been sold in 12 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Firewall would make two new vendor announcements over the next two months, Verykios said.