Change at helm for Packeteer

Change at helm for Packeteer

AFTER four years in the hot seat, country manager Peter Owen has left Packeteer.

The resignation is said to have come as a complete surprise to staff.

Owen has handed the reins over to his second-in-charge, Bede Hackney.

Hackney says he is only acting as territory mana-ger until a replacement for Owen is found.

“It’s all a bit up in the air currently,” he says.

He plans to focus on the New Zealand market which he describes as full of opportunities.

“Peter Owen and I have worked closely on the way Packeteer is moving in this direction.”

The traffic management company intends to retain its title as the dominant vendor in the WAN optimisation market.

In order to expand on WAN performance capabilities, Packeteer acquired networking software developer Mentat late last year and has recently released its products into the region.

Hackney says the Mentat SkyX software is the best product for overcoming the limitations of IP over satellite and long delay WAN links.

The SkyX Gateway and SkyX Client/Server products combine transition control protocol, web acceleration and data compression to increase download speeds while conserving satellite bandwidth.

“This has been significant to organisations like the US military and those building next-generation IP networks - particularly in remote locations.”

He says the general functionality will be of interest in this part of the world, especially the protocol acceleration.

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