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Friday, 30 April 2010 09:43

Telarus to offer Zscaler's cloud based web security


Telecoms services provider, Telarus has launched a hosted service providing web traffic filtering, based on Zscaler's technology.

The service, Telarus Hosted Proxy, is integrated into Telarus' private cloud computing platform and managed by the customer through a web browser. According to Telarus, it enables SMEs to define and apply Internet policies for staff, monitor usage at the business, department or user level, and protect against web-borne viruses and other malicious content.

"The service enables businesses to secure their remote offices without the need for on-site hardware, and view the web activity for all of their sites through a single portal," Telarus says. "Businesses can also apply corporate Internet policy for all of their employees, regardless of whether they are accessing the Internet from their head office, a coffee shop or overseas."

It adds: "The service seamlessly integrates into Telarus' Trans-Tasman MPLS network in order to provide consistently high performance with no noticeable increase in latency. As it is part of the Telarus private cloud computing platform, businesses are not required to purchase any hardware or software, taking pressure off Capex budgets.

Telarus Hosted Proxy can be configured to allow users to browse sites such as Facebook, whilst disabling their ability to post content including comments and photos, except during designated hours such as lunchtime.

By applying appropriate policies through the web interface, Telarus Hosted Proxy will block, throttle or allow access to the web as required. As the web content is returned to the browser, Telarus Hosted Proxy scans the page content for a range of malware threats before delivering clean traffic to the end user.


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Every web page inspected
Zscaler, founded in 2007, entered the Australian market in 2009 as part of an ambitious 10 country global expansion. Zscaler claims its unique advantage is that its technology undertakes in-depth inspection of every web page accessed by end users, but without imposing significant delays.

John Martens, who was appointed last year to run the Australian operation told ExchangeDaily at the time: "We scan every web page and if on that page we find, for example, a Java applet that is trying to access the hard disc and perhaps a username and password field we can build a risk assessment and based on a user's policy decide how to treat that page."

He conceded that this approach "requires an awful lot of grunt," but said: "That is exactly what [Zscaler founder Kailash] Kailash has gone out and built...We have what it takes to make this work."

The service operates with multiple nodes and Martens said Zscaler has just configured its first Australian node, in Adelaide, "We will have many nodes in Australia by year end'¦The reason we can do that is because they are low cost and high performance All we need for a node capable of 10Gbps throughput is two rack units."



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