Top Layer tests network security

Top Layer tests network security

In an attempt to better support its Web-switching alliance channel partners, security vendor Top Layer Networks has announced the opening of its first Asia-Pacific Security Interoperability Lab in Malaysia.

Top Layer has invested $US500,000 in the Interoperability Lab, which it will lend to its alliance partners to test multi-vendor security solutions.

According to Top Layer officials, the impetus for the lab is to enable the vendor and its channel partners to simulate real-time security testing of remote-site environments, test interoperability and assess compatibility configurations of various security products. The lab will house technology from vendors such as Computer Associates, Internet Security Systems, Nokia and others.

The announcement comes just days after the company received venture capital investment funding totalling $3.8 million. About a dozen companies and venture capitalists contributed to Top Layer, which takes the total institutional investment in Top Layer to $66 million since its inception in 1997.

With its Asia-Pacific headquarters based in Sydney, Top Layer has designed the lab to replicate a miniature Internet data centre. This is to allow the testing of high-speed network architectures, security design and techniques, quality of service, monitoring and network forensics, the company said.

According to company officials, Top Layer chose to build the lab in Malaysia because of its central location, modern communication and transport facilities, and the country's technically educated and multi-lingual population.

"Malaysia is very attractive to overseas companies investing in this region because it is strategically positioned, and offers all of the benefits and services that nearby countries offer at a greatly reduced cost," said Alex Turkington, Top Layer Asia Pacific vice president.

"The cost to an integrator of taking their customer and some engineers to Malaysia for a week of testing, trials and a few games of golf is negligible, compared to having to redesign a solution after three months of stuffing around because it was never tested in the first place," he added.

In turn Top Layer is looking to garner reseller and customer loyalty with the testing lab, which, Turkington claims, supports the company's business model as a manufacturer of technology that works in conjunction with other vendors' security products.

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