Conexus has scored a deal with New Zealand-based security appliance vendor, Mako Networks, to become its first Australian distributor.
The specialist networking and communications supplier will carry the vendor's range of broadband security devices, incorporating its ADSL and Ethernet-based modem/routers.
Conexus spokesperson, Andrew Paton, said the distributor had been looking to expand its range of networking products to increase its offerings to the market. It currently stocks a range of communications hardware, as well as Active PDF development tools, and Neoware thin clients.
The decision to develop a distribution strategy for Mako followed a successful implementation of the appliance across its own national network, he said.
"We were constantly going over our download limits, but there was no way we could tell what was happening," he said. "With the Mako technology, we were able to set a threshold limit."
When the company reached 70 and 85 per cent of its desired monthly limit, the appliance would trigger an email warning to staff. At 95 per cent, the device was able to shut the network down, Paton said.
"We can also look through our monthly usage reports and drill down into the big download times at an IP level," he said.
In addition, the appliance is connected back to Mako's servers, currently based in New Zealand and Ireland, allowing users to access a network's configurations via the Internet. This gives resellers the opportunity to remotely manage and reconfigure a client's networking infrastructure as well as set quality of service levels and security, Paton said.
Conexus will be targeting resellers and integrators working with the SMB market. While the product had also been adopted by several ISPs internationally, Paton said the distributor would not be actively pursuing the telecoms sector.