Cybernet Launches NetMax 5.0 Linux Server, Channel Direction

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Net Max Professional 5.0, which will be launched Sept. 7, is an enhanced, easy-to-use Linux server based on Red Hat that provides file sharing, e-mail, Web page serving and firewall security for SMB customers.

The software has been updated with support for Red Hat 9, enhanced security, DSL connections, auto-updating capabilities, preset firewall rules and simplified remote support, Cybernet executives said.

Additionally, the company is announcing that optional antispam filtering and antivirus modules will be available, but sold separately.

NetMax Professional offers simplified network setup and browser-based configuration management. The software is designed as an all-in-one Linux server that's easy to use and cost-effective, said Glenn Beach, director of technology for Cybernet.

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The company launched the NetMax server in 2000 for Internet appliances and network servers. In addition to NetMax, Cybernet offers firewall-only and VPN-only solutions. The company recently became an HP Partner, and its NetMax software is prebundled on HP servers, executives said.

To date, Cybernet has maintained a direct-sales force in addition to a handful of resellers in the United States and Malaysia, including Archer Integration of Mechanicsville, Va. The company provides services such as remote monitoring of network performance, Linux consulting and tech support.

Executives have amended that strategy and plan to build a channel of resellers and partners to deploy the company's software and services. Cybernet hopes to reassign its direct-sales people to work with VARs, Beach said.

To entice partners to the fold, Cybernet will offer a 30 percent discount on its software, free sales materials and Web-based training, Beach added.

Cybernet competes with Internet appliance vendors ClarkConnect and Astero as well as Windows-based offerings. The NetMax Professional Suite is priced at $465 and there is no charge for client access licenses.