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Astaro recognises channel partners

Veronica C. Silva | June 30, 2011
Sophos’ new acquisition achieved 30 percent growth in the Asia Pacific in the last year.

Astaro, a new acquisition of IT security firm Sophos, recently recognised its partners in Asia mainly for helping Astaro reach 30 percent growth year-on-year.

The network security company said it has sustained "fast growth in the past year because of innovations on its robust portfolio of feature-rich solutions".

Sophos acquired Germany-based Astaro last May to complement Sophos' security solutions. Astaro offers complete and easy-to-use Internet security appliances.  

"By building our technologies around the security wall, we are able to provide a complete product line-up that has been very well-received in this region. For example, demand for Astaro RED, the most awarded network product in 2010, has increased significantly and is now shipping by the hundreds each month. 2011 promises to be a year of continued innovation and product expansion, specifically in cloud services," said Norbert Kiss, vice president, Astaro Asia Pacific.

Unified threat management

Astaro claims to be the "fastest growing unified threat management (UTM) vendor in Asia" last year with 90 percent growth in the fourth quarter alone.

Astaro also attributed this growth to its channel partner network. Astaro said it has increased its Premier Security Partners (PSPs) in the region to 47 last year.

Said Kiss: "We have seen exceptional growth in the region last year. A key ingredient to our success is the dedication and loyalty of our channel partners in the Asia Pacific."  

Kiss was one of the keynote speakers in the Astaro Asia Pacific Partner Conference 2011 held last month where the regional channel partners were recognised.

The conference was also an opportunity for Astaro and Sophos to elaborate on their integration plans, growth strategies and channel development. They also assured partners of their commitment to the region.


The conference saw executives from Sophos discuss plans for integration, growth strategies and channel development following the acquisition announced in May 2011. They also affirmed their commitment to support the strong and successful channel ecosystem that Astaro has established.

"When we established our Asia headquarters in Singapore two years ago, holding a partner conference of this calibre with such encouraging attendance was a distant goal. We are pleased to be able to achieve it in a short span of time; this demonstrates our commitment to growing and investing in our partner community," said Jan Hichert, CEO and founder, Astaro, in his keynote address.

Astaro partners recognised included NTS Distribution in Vietnam, awarded distributor of the year; NETsolutions ASIA in Thailand, awarded for best Premier Security Partner growth; RAH Infotech India, awarded for best distributor growth; and iSecure Networks Philippines, awarded for best partner support.


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