Uplogix Expands into West Africa with UnoTelos Partnership
Uplogix, the leading provider of next-generation secure remote management (SRM) solutions, announced its partnership with Lagos-based UnoTelos to deliver its fully-integrated remote management platform to help Nigerian-based oil and gas companies address management challenges across highly dispersed remote locations. UnoTelos, a multi-systems integration company, is Uplogix' first systems integrator partner in Nigeria and is already experiencing high interest from customers seeking to go beyond just monitoring.
Jude Egbokwu, CEO and Founder of UnoTelos explains, "We had initially looked at basic remote monitoring appliances but found functionality was limited to simple SNMP reporting and event logging which is generally not good enough to meet the needs of our clients. After careful evaluation of several vendors, we decided to partner with Uplogix as it provides the most effective solution for our clients particularly suited in the oil and gas industry with its large number of geographically dispersed sites both on land and offshore."
UnoTelos was also impressed by the flexible connectivity offered by the Uplogix solution. Each Uplogix management appliance directly connects to an administration station via the IP network, or in the event of a network outage, via Satellite, PSTN or Cellular networks allowing an always-available, secure and intelligent connection to the devices being managed. The Uplogix solution is also able to automate many of the common administration tasks such as OS upgrades, password updates, and configuration changes which is a major advantage compared to simple monitoring devices.
"Within the oil and gas industry, there are always sites in remote locations with critical IT infrastructure but with no local IT support," explains Egbokwu, "In the event of a problem, the high cost of sending support staff to these locations either by road or helicopter makes systems like Uplogix extremely cost effective and also dramatically improves operational efficiency. Our expertise with satellite systems is a natural fit for the Uplogix solution and gives us the ability to role out a secure remote management solution to meet the operational needs of companies within this sector."
Although oil and gas is an initial target market, Egbokwu also highlights the airline industry, telecommunication providers and governmental agencies as future potential customers for Uplogix. "The last decade has seen a massive expansion of IT infrastructure across Nigeria and the challenge for many organizations is to reduce support costs and increase reliability. We believe Uplogix has a significant role to play in helping them achieve this goal," he concludes.
"Working with such a forward-thinking and progressive systems integrator within a new region is incredibly opportunistic for Uplogix," comments Andy Harris, Managing Director, EMEA for Uplogix. "Our secure remote management technology has proven a valuable resource for our existing clients within the oil and gas sector in the U.S., and we believe it has the potential to deliver the same benefits to operations across the world."