Check Point accused of tying up the channel

Check Point accused of tying up the channel

Firewall vendor Check Point Technologies has been slapped over the wrist by the European commission for alleged anti-competitive behaviour in its relationships with the IT channel, and local representatives are convinced a similar problem exists in Australia.

Europe-based competitor Stonesoft had filed a complaint with the commission accusing Check Point of informing its distributors and resellers that it would no longer supply Check Point product to any channel partner selling rival Stonesoft products.

The commission then put pressure on Check Point to abstain from such anti-competitive practices and the vendor was asked to inform partners by mail that they are free to sell competing products.

The controversy does not end in Europe however. According to sources close to Stonesoft in Australia, for the last 12-18 months Stonesoft has come up against a wall of resistance while trying to break into the local channel.

Meanwhile Gordon Turner, senior systems engineer for Check Point Australia, said such anti-competitive practices are not and never have been part of the vendor's operations in Australia.

For the full report, read ARN next week (Wednesday, April 24).

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