IT security veteran Steve Rielly has established Auckland-based Katana Technologies, to represent vendors who want to establish a local presence. Rielly has worked in networking and security for more than a decade, and was most recently a security consultant at distributor Chillisoft. Prior to that, he was business development manager for Symantec and before that a security consultant at Trend Micro.
He formed Katana Technologies last December and says he has since grown vendor partnerships from three to 10. The company will focus on working with startups and those who want to set themselves up in the country or the region, says Rielly.
“I started with two or three [vendors] but then it got around I was starting my own company. In some cases these vendors have had leads, but haven’t been able to service them,” he says.
His initial focus is on Palo Alto Networks, for which he is a local gold partner, and US-headquartered Bluecat Networks, which specialises in IP address, DNS and DHCP management. He will also be working with email security vendor Proofpoint and endpoint encryption specialist Wave Systems, adding both companies are well established overseas but not locally.
Rielly will name the other vendors as the business grows.
He adds some of the vendors he is working with have other partners locally, but claims these partners aren’t working actively on the vendors’ solutions. In some cases, Katana’s partnerships cover Australia and New Zealand.
Rielly believes he is the only local certified technologist for Palo Alto Networks, having completed its accredited engineer programme in December.
Palo Alto Networks’ ANZ sales director David Thrum says he is happy Katana has joined its NextWave partner programme. “Steve Rielly is a recognised visionary in the network security industry and his experience will help us expand the success of our next generation firewall technology in New Zealand,” says Thrum.
Katana Technologies is working closely with distributor Renaissance on the Palo Alto agency, Rielly says. He is currently the company’s sole employee.