Network security company Untangle this week debuted its Network Security Framework, which includes its new micro-firewall and an SD-WAN router. That new platform also includes Untangle's existing Linux-based next-generation firewall and its command center, which manages network traffic from a cloud-based console. Dirk Morris, founder and chief product officer at Untangle, said the framework is a "new approach to network security orchestration, providing customers and partners with a suite of cloud-managed security and connectivity options that work together to fit the needs of small-to-medium businesses and distributed enterprises." The micro-firewall product is a lightweight, containerized firewall that runs in a Linux container. It also has an artificial intelligence (AI)-based routing service that uses historical patterns and machine learning to pre-determine network traffic paths.
That abstraction is at the core of SDX. Instead of having to configure and maintain any technology manually – from network equipment to servers and beyond – it's now possible to shift the control to centralized software. Now, if companies need to adjust which traffic goes over which connection, or establish granular rules about who can leverage which services over which network, admins can configure and manage all such choices from a simple dashboard. For enterprises looking at SD-WAN solutions, the challenge is differentiating the solutions on the market. Superficially, all vendors offer similar capabilities.
Global Software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) vendor Aryaka is announcing today that it has completed a $45 million Series D round of financing led by Third Point Ventures and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP). DTCP is's investment management group. With approximately $2 billion under management and advisory and a portfolio of over 70 companies, DTCP provides venture capital, private equity, and strategic advisory services to the technology, media and telecommunication sectors, according to Crunchbase. Jack Young, Partner and Head of Venture Capital at DTCP, explains its investment in Aryaka. "The SD-WAN market has turned a corner finally, and the time is right," Young says.
Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the single hottest technology trend in the data networking market right now - but do the key benefits really stack up? In my previous "Superheroes" blog, I discussed how the Symphony initiative is using SDN/NFV to bring new agile offerings to the market, such as Telstra Internet VPN. After reading my blog you may have assumed I jumped on the SD-WAN wagon, but I'm a little skeptical about this trend. Right now, I'm excited by the use of SDN/NFV to develop automated/agile "as a service" network offerings but my enthusiasm wanes when it comes to the complexity of overlay tunneling to appliances at both branch and data centres - all for the sake of what exactly? I do see these as different scenarios with the on-demand/agile deployment of something like Akamai Connect onto a Cisco router, connected to a MPLS network, delivering significant application performance benefits without an overlay tunnel in sight.