StarLink adds VMware to its portfolio
Collaboration is VMWare’s first and only NSX specialised distribution partnership in the world
StarLink has signed up VMware as a new partner, adding the virtualisation giant into its already extensive portfolio of security vendor partners.
The announcement was announced yesterday as Security VAD’s annual summit got underway in Dubai.
The new partnership is based on VMware NSX which ties into the virtualised solutions of some of StarLink vendor partners, explained Nidal Othman, managing director, StarLink.
“VMWare was a very strategic and great milestone in the history of StarLink. The partnership, which is around VMWare NSX, complements many of the technologies that we have in our portfolio,” Othman said.
The VMware, StarLink partnership is VMWare’s first and only NSX specialised distribution partnership in the world, revealed Ossama Eldeeb, senior manager, MENA partner organisation.
Eldeeb described the announcement as a major milestone to premier this model in the region. “We understand the importance of true value added security distributors such as StarLink with a focus on network and security virtualisation.”
VMware NSX is the network virtualisation platform for Software-Defined datacentres. NSX decouples security functions from the underlying physical infrastructure and embeds them directly into the hypervisor, distributing them across the data centre. This fundamental shift in how security is delivered overcomes the shortcomings of legacy architectures. It allows intelligent security policies to travel with virtual workloads, independent of the physical network topology.
The StarLink Partner Summit brought StarLink partners together with key vendors including Arbor Networks, Pablo Alto, Centrify and the new partner VMware.
During the Summit, StarLink also introduced its 2017 partner strategy based around “5C’s” of Cash Margin, Communication, Commitment, Creating value, and Competitive.
StarLink also announced its 2017 Roadshow, which takes the VAD to nine countries in the Middle East and Africa this April and early May. These include Kuwait, Oman, South Africa, Bahrain, Qatar, Turkey, KSA, Egypt and UAE, in that order.