SD-WAN

SonicWall Secures Hybrid Clouds by Simplifying, Enhancing Deployment for Enterprises, SMBs

SonicWall announced new Capture Cloud Platform capabilities that include Zero-Touch Deployment and Secure SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) designed for distributed enterprises and organizations with hybrid cloud environments. The company also announced enhancements to the Capture Security Center with personalized Risk Meters that deliver company-specific, real-time threat intelligence and risk scoring, as well as Hyper-V, Azure and AWS support for its virtual firewall series.

"Organizations are invested in hybrid cloud strategies where they're able to harness the power of both public and private clouds, but they require solutions that help simplify and secure their cloud migration initiatives," said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. "Whether they are pursuing the benefits of a vendor's specific capabilities, looking to reduce the cost of hiring staff or seeking to reach compliance standards, SonicWall helps protect their migration while simultaneously giving more visibility and control of their environments."

Reducing Cost with Zero-Touch Deployment
SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment allows organizations to quickly and securely configure firewall hardware at new locations without requiring advanced and costly on-site personnel. Once new products are brought online in remote locations, administrators can manage local and distributed networks through a single pane-of-glass using Capture Security Center, SonicWall's flagship cloud-based management and analytics SaaS platform.
 

CenturyLink launches Managed Cisco SD-WAN

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CenturyLink, Inc. is expanding its portfolio of SD-WAN solutions, offering more technology choices for network transformation. CenturyLink will offer customers across the United States Managed Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela.

This new offer provides the tools, technology and expertise needed to design, deploy, configure, migrate and manage SD-WAN services. CenturyLink will support the offer across Cisco's Viptela vEdge series routers and enterprise network computer system (ENCS) 5000 series virtualized network platform, with multiple feature packages available. Customers will also have access to a dedicated CenturyLink SD-WAN portal.

"This offer provides more choices for companies to achieve improved network optimization and deliver better performance for their customers," said Adam Saenger, vice president of networking solutions, CenturyLink. "We reduce the risk and complexity of WAN modernization with a complete range of global hybrid connectivity and SD-WAN solutions that offer better service quality, faster deployment and improved security, scale and cost efficiency." 

Versa Driving Trend Toward Secure Multi-Cloud/SD-WAN Services, According to New Analyst Report by Futuriom

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Versa Networks is highlighted as a key market driver for its Secure Cloud IP architecture by analyst Futuriom with the launch of its new report Networking the Secure IP Cloud - Trends Driving the Cloud at NetEvents EMEA, in Portugal. Versa Networks has also recently been recognised by NSS Labs, the globally trusted source for independent fact-based cybersecurity guidance, as the only pure-play SD-WAN vendor to achieve a 100% evaluation for security in the first ever NSS Labs group test for SD-WAN. Versa has been awarded a ‘Recommended' rating in the NSS Labs Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Group Test. 

Cloud, SD-WAN and security are in the midst of an evolution that is quickly growing in importance and will eventually dominate the WAN-edge architecture. The new report by R. Scott Raynovich, Futuriom, makes the important point that: "Cloud networks have entirely different requirements from client/server networks. They need to connect a variety of physical and virtual endpoints, including branches, private data centers, and the Internet."

 

Talari 'Cloud Connect' Leapfrogs SD-WAN Competition, Eliminates Enterprise Hassle of Standing up Cloud-Based Infrastructure

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Talari Networks today announced its new ‘Cloud Connect' solution for today's hybrid multi-cloud enterprise networks. Talari's multi-tenant Cloud Connect platform ensures businesses maintain MPLS-class reliability and Quality of Experience (QoE) when accessing multiple SaaS and public cloud services. Mirroring the reliability benefits of Talari's failsafe SD-WAN site-to-site connectivity, Cloud Connect helps enterprises avoid the time and cost burden around standing up and managing cloud infrastructure. This cloud-first approach helps enterprises realize cost savings and independence from proprietary carrier lock-in.

Cloud Connect prevents carrier service lock-in with reliable and predictable multilink, multi-path access to SaaS and cloud-based services. Talari's solution enables cost-effective and efficient high QoE connectivity to Software as a Service (SaaS), Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), cloud service gateways, and managed Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings through a new high-availability connection called a Cloud Conduit. Underlying the immediate commercial appeal of the Talari Cloud Connect solution, Talari is announcing the support of several leading UCaaS, NaaS and Cloud Service providers (CSPs). Technology partners including RingCentral, Evolve IP, Pure IP, Meta Networks and Mode are the first to offer Cloud Connect support. Value added reseller partners endorsing Cloud Connect include Avant, Bridgepoint and Teneo.

"Prior to working with RingCentral and Talari, our firm's cloud services were dependent on separate and expensive dedicated circuits for messaging, voice, video, meetings and conferencing," said Jason Kasch, CIO at Structural Group. "The addition of Talari's new Cloud Connect solution within RingCentral's Unified Communication offering helps boost service reliability while simplifying cloud management and network troubleshooting."

SevOne Expands Industry Leading SD-WAN Monitoring Solution by Adding Support for VMware NSX SD-WAN

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SevOne announced that its SevOne SD-WAN Monitoring Solution will now support VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud. Based on the SevOne Data Platform, the SD-WAN Monitoring Solution, released earlier this year, increases operational agility of Managed Services Providers (MSPs) offering multiple, complex network services over their multi-tenant, multi-vendor networks.

The enhanced SevOne solution, scheduled for release in calendar Q4, will deliver the foundation of real-time and historical visibility into enterprise and service provider networks with customizable, persona-based dashboards for network operations/engineering, product owners and business executives. MSPs can easily extend the solution for visibility across their entire service delivery path including enterprise wi-fi from campus to branch, software defined datacenters and more. With the ability to create customized KPIs based on specific tenants, WAN paths and health indicators of their multi-vendor-based SD-WANs, MSP network operations and engineering teams now have greater insight into the network services running on them, helping ease MSPs transition from offering only MPLS-based services to new hybrid SD-WAN-based services.

Juniper Networks Delivers EVPN-VXLAN Fabric to Connect Enterprise Data Center and Campus Networks

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Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced the expansion of its campus portfolio, including extending EVPN-VXLAN fabric to the campus, enabling a common architecture for campus and data center fabrics by unifying disparate architectures. Through this unification, Juniper Networks is providing the building blocks for an enterprise-wide fabric, a key component in building a simple, secure and automated multicloud. Juniper also announced enhancements to its branch portfolio with new capabilities in its Contrail SD-WAN solution, utilizing NFX SeriesSRX Series and vSRX Series WAN Edge devices combined with Contrail Service Orchestration. 

Most enterprises have separate campus and data center networks, leveraging entirely different architectures to provide connectivity across the two domains. This leads to divergent operations, which inhibits enterprises' attempts to unify their infrastructure under a common operational umbrella. With Juniper's new EVPN-VXLAN campus architecture, enterprises can build campus networks using the same protocols that are popular in the most stable and efficient data centers that exist today.

 

Top Five Networking Trends for 2018

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Martin Hester, Strategic Consultant at Nuvias, looks at the networking trends that will shape 2018

1. Security First
Cyber threats are becoming ever more sophisticated and increasing in volume. In addition, remote working or working across multiple sites and multiple devices, together with an increasing reliance on cloud-based applications, have all served to weaken traditional perimeter-based security.
 

VeloCloud Named 2017 SD-WAN Global Market Share Leader by Industry Analyst Firm Frost & Sullivan

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VeloCloud Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN company, today announced it is the overwhelming market share leader in the SD-WAN market, according to Frost & Sullivan's "Analysis of the Software-Defined WAN Market, 2017" report published last month. In addition to a thorough evaluation of SD-WAN market drivers, trends and forecasts, the report published the market share comparisons for 2017 of the leading SD-WAN vendors.

According to Frost & Sullivan, VeloCloud garnered 29.5 percent market share of the global SD-WAN market during 2017 for the overwhelming leadership position. This report included coverage of the leading vendors in the SD-WAN category, and ranked them according to market share results. The closest vendor to VeloCloud trails with only 14.4 percent of the industry's market share in 2017.

VMware to Acquire VeloCloud Networks

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VMware today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of industry-leading cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. Once the acquisition closes, VeloCloud will enable VMware to build on the success of its industry-leading network virtualization platform -VMware NSX-and expand its networking portfolio to address end-to-end automation, application continuity, branch transformation and security from data center to cloud to edge. This acquisition will also further enable VMware to lead the industry transition to a software-defined future, and help customers bring their businesses into the digital era with networking that is ubiquitous, open, programmable and secure by default.

The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018. There is no change to VMware's previously provided fiscal 2018 guidance due to this transaction.

According to Gartner, "While WAN architectures and technologies tend to evolve at a very slow pace -- perhaps a new generation every 10 to 15 years -- the disruptions caused by the transformation to digital business models are driving adoption of SD-WAN at a pace that is unheard of in wide-area networking" VeloCloud cloud-delivered SD-WAN technology is deployed globally at-scale by more than 1,000 customers, both directly by enterprises and by Telcos and managed services providers serving enterprise customers. Service provider customers include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Macquarie Telecom, MetTel, Mitel, Sprint, TelePacific, Telstra, Vonage and Windstream. Enterprise customers include Bay Club, Brooks Brothers, Devcon, NCR, Redmond, Saber Healthcare Group, and Triton Management Services."

Interoute adds Cloud Fabric to its Edge SD-WAN service to drive improved application performance

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Interoute, the global cloud and network provider, has launched Interoute Edge SD-WAN, a Software-Defined Wide Area Network service meshed into its global Cloud Fabric. This latest evolution of the Interoute Edge product family reduces costs and improves cloud application performance by intelligently managing connections to applications. Utilizing the company's Cloud Fabric, Interoute Edge SD-WAN blends public and private access networks into one dynamic application network. It ensures application traffic is directed over the fastest routes without impacting availability or needing costly, unused backup circuits.

The Cloud Fabric mesh is constantly adapting and re-routing itself, to intelligently optimize application data flows between local offices and the corporate private cloud environment and accelerate applications delivered from the public cloud.