ChannelWorx secures FaceTime

ChannelWorx secures FaceTime

Networking and security specialist, ChannelWorx, has been appointed sole distributor by US-based FaceTime Communications.

The vendor's wares let IT managers secure and control greynet applications such as instant messaging (IM), adware and spyware, Web mail, peer-to-peer file sharing, Web conferencing and instant voice.

"A lot of us think of instant massaging as a protocol for kids but many people are using it in the office," ChannelWorx managing director, Scott Lidgett, said. "Historically, there has been no way of limiting its use because firewalls have not been designed with that in mind.

"Unmonitored IM is a big concern in the corporate market. FaceTime gives us the ability to lock down, audit and archive messaging."

FaceTime currently gleaned about 80 per cent of its revenues from the US market, director of sales engineering, Eric Young, said. But overseas demand had grown significantly during the past 18 months and it was now enjoying healthy sales in Latin America and the UK.

Lidgett said the products would be a hit with traditional security resellers and those with a service-based model.

"From a reseller point of view, this will open up new opportunities in security," he said. "But there are also a wide range of services from consulting and pre-sales to implementation, hosting and building messaging extensions."

Users now included eight of the world's 10 largest banks and about 70 per cent of Fortune 500 companies, Young said.

FaceTime had opened a direct sales office in Australia during the late 1990s but, like many overseas vendors, shut up shop and went home following the dotcom crash.

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