Observatory Crest to distribute Palo Alto Networks’ firewalls

Observatory Crest to distribute Palo Alto Networks’ firewalls

Addition of firewalls to strengthen distributor’s security and communications portfolio

IT distributor, Observatory Crest, has signed a distribution agreement with security vendor, Palo Alto Networks.

The deal enables Observatory Crest to add Palo Alto Networks' range of enterprise firewalls to its portfolio of security and communications offerings, and distribute them in Australia.

Already used by more than 4500 enterprises worldwide, Palo Alto Networks hopes to make its mark in the Australian market with its Firewalls through policy-based visibility and control over applications, users and content.

“Observatory Crest and its network of specialist resellers will further strengthen our engagement with our customers and help them safely enable and secure their enterprise networks,” Palo Alto Networks vice-president of marketing, René Bonvanie, said.

The added functionality of being able to inspect SSL-encrypted traffic from sites such as Gmail and Facebook, as well as safely using applications while scanning their content for threats and potential data leakage, is also expected to be an attraction for users in Australia.

“Traditional firewalls work at the layer 2 and layer 3 level, and block all traffic of a specific nature,” Observatory Crest director, Martin Christmas, said.

“But with the rapid increase in the use of social networking media and unified communication tools such as Facebook and Skype, blocking all traffic within one category with a generalised protocol is no longer feasible.”

In addition to distributing Palo Alto Networks’ products in Australia, Observatory Crest will provide specialist training and support to its resellers, as well as an ongoing support program and maintenance services.

Observatory Crest recently signed a deal to distribute MobileIron’s range of mobile device management solutions.

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