American security experts launch Sydney R&D lab

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American security experts launch Sydney R&D lab
Packetloop co-founder Scott Crane
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US-based multinational Arbor Networks has opened a new research and development (R&D) centre in Sydney, led by the staff of an Australian start-up it acquired in September.

"In the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney is now the largest R&D presence," vice president of engineering for Arbor Networks Kris Lamb told CRN. "We have a small lab in India but [Sydney] is the most strategic by size and importance."

The new facilities are dominated by talent from Packetloop, a Sydney security software firm that Arbor purchased a few months ago. Lamb said the growth in Sydney had been aggressive since the buyout.

"Within 45 days of the acquisition, we went from five people to 15 staff," said Lamb. "The goal by the end of the year is 15-20 here, and the office can accommodate up to 30 people in the next couple of years."

Packetloop co-founder Scott Crane, now Arbor's product management director, told CRN that the channel will feature heavily in Arbor's Australian push.

"It's an enterprise product so we want to grow the channel business," he said. "Tyson [Garrett, co-founder of Packetloop and Arbor's director of Channel and Alliances] is working very hard for the channel."

Packetloop became prominent for analysing network packets for harmful activity. That function has been integrated into Arbor's recently launched Pravail Security Analytics, which is currently available in software form.

Arbor is known for its Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection appliances. Lamb told CRN that virtual machine and network appliance forms of Pravail Security Analytics would be released within the next few weeks.

Crane told CRN that the cultural crossover between Packetloop and Arbor had ensured a smooth transition.

"The culture of business is almost identical," he said. "There is a similar approach to work and enjoying success – the same sort of desire to innovate and create."

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