15 Dec 2014
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Hemisphere Technologies signs distribution deal with Endian

By Catherine Knowles

Hemisphere Technologies and Endian have announced a partnership to provide security solutions to various sectors.

Endian is a global developer of enterprise and commercial Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions, and Hemisphere Technologies is an Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) based distributor of IT security.

Peter Phokos, Hemisphere Technologies, managing director, says, “We’re focused on expanding our portfolio of product offerings in a way which gives each of our vendors the space to roll out an effective local channel strategy.”

Hemisphere Technologies says Endian’s capabilities span specific vertical markets, such as the mining and energy sectors as well the education services industry.

“The cyber security stories coming out recently have left a mark on customers across 'non-traditional' sectors, and we're ready to offer them auxiliary IT consumables and products based on identifiable international standards, in addition to a core group of specialist technologies,” says Phokos.

Endian’s offering includes a ‘Wi-Fi hotspot’ feature. This allows organisations such as hotels to provide customers using a Wi-Fi hotspot with safe access to the internet via wireless, cable or mobile device connection.

Using this, customers will be safe from security attacks such as Darkhotel APT, which targeted hotels throughout the APAC region.

Endian has a two-pronged approach which allows scalability to suit the local market, Hemisphere Technologies says.

Nigel Hedges, Hemisphere Technologies, general manager and technical manager, says one of the reasons they chose Endian was due to their sturdy commercial offering.

Home users can utilise Endian Community Edition, the free open source commercial Linux based security gateway OS. SMEs and large enterprises can receive technical support and advanced modules, such as Hotspot and Advanced Content Security features, to protect hardware, software and virtual fee-charged appliances.

“What appealed to us about working with Endian technology is the ability to cover everything from a five-member organisation, through to multiple thousands of corporate employees. There is a vast array of security features built-in, while giving companies the architectural freedom to deploy the hardware appliance, software and virtual options, depending on their needs," says Hedges.

Endian has an existing customer base of 4,000 organisations throughout 50 countries.

“When looking at channel considerations, our first step is to see how our global experience translates to the local market. The ANZ market sits perfectly with our product offerings because of the nature of our experience across remote energy and mining communities,” says Raphael Vallazza, Endian, CEO.

“Our focus on energy efficiency, which makes up a big part of our industrial product range, also allows companies to balance their emissions output with solutions which are designed to withstand various temperature variations,” says Vallazza.

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