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Horizon tokes on FatPipe

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 April 2008

Distribution outfit Horizon Solutions has partnered with FatPipe Networks to take advantage of the emergence of a collaborative unified communications technology in the UK. Horizon Solutions has been named as a premier distributor of FatPipe’s router-clustering products. FatPipe holds multiple patents for WAN optimisation redundancy and security products.

“FatPipe is an excellent addition to our product portfolio which will further enhance our unified communications solutions ecosystem. FatPipe maximises the resilience and performance of multiple IP links creating a high performance network for voice, video and data applications,” said Wayne Gratton, divisional director at Horizon Solutions.

Horizon focuses on working with IP-based communications networks that integrate voice over IP (VoIP) and video over IP with data networks to create robust and more efficient business communication tools. FatPipe and Horizon claim that they have joined in partnership specifically to support the WAN reliability needs of the growing market of collaboration platforms that integrate various media for business.

FatPipe is an important value-add solution to Horizon’s standard collaborative solution packages, providing a means to create fast and highly redundant WANs easily and effectively at the customer premises. FatPipe’s patented router-clustering devices combines two or more data lines of any kind - including DSL, Cable, E1, E3, and wireless - to achieve the aggregate speed of the connections and provide the highest level of reliability and fault tolerance for any type of WAN. The aggregated lines can be of the same or dissimilar speeds.

“Unified communications technology has matured, and is growing in popularity at an accelerated pace,” said Jay Pillai, VP of strategic business and sales of FatPipe Networks. “We are impressed by Horizon’s deep knowledge and experience as a leading integrating distributor. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Horizon in partnership to address the need for high WAN availability as well as increased bandwidth needs to support IP-based video and voice. ”

Horizon Solutions is the unified communications division of Horizon UK, which is the UK subsidiary of Horizon Technology Group, an integrator and distributor of IT products, listed on the ISE (Dublin) and London Stock Exchanges. Operating entirely as a ’channel only’ business, which does not sell to end users, Horizon Solutions is an integrating distributor with the ability to successfully identify and develop new channels for emerging technologies.

Horizon Technology Group revealed in March 2008 that it had received a takeover approach from an unnamed suitor that values the company at a price of €1.18 per ordinary share. Horizon, which operates in the UK and Ireland, works with a number of major vendors including Sun Microsystems, Juniper, F5, Nortel, Tandberg, EMC and Oracle.

FatPipe sells its products worldwide through a network of authorized distributors and dealers. FatPipe is expanding rapidly in Europe via its UK office, and has facilities in India and is looking to expand in Australia and China. FatPipe currently has approximately 100 employees.

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