Here is what’s news in the SD-WAN World for the week of July 22

Cato Networks Unveils Identity-Aware Routing

Cato Networks announced several enhancements to Cato Cloud, it’s SD-WAN as a service this week, most notably identity-aware routing. The idea is to abstract network policies from the physical details  of the underlying network and application architecture. This enables routing policies that are more flexible and easier to configure, one’s based on user identity and group affiliation. Businesses gain more control over their traffic.

Cato made five other major feature introductions or enhancements. It also expanded its multi-segment, policy-based routing to dynamically selects the optimal path in the first mile, middle mile and last mile based on identity. New real-time network analytics includes MOS scoring for voice. Cato’s affordable and simple high available deployment options have been expanded, as have intelligent last-mile resilience and cloud and WAN traffic optimization. For full details, check out the Cato blog.

Globe Telecom Opts for Nuage Networks’ VNS

Globe Telecom will use Nokia’s Nuage Networks’ VNS platform to provide a nationwide SD-WAN service to the Philippines. The service will target businesses of all sizes. The nation is comprised of more than 7,100 islands, which Nokia says makes the platform’s ability to support any type of connectivity an advantage.


BATM and FatPipe Networks have entered into a non-exclusive partnership, according to Information Age. Under the partnership, BATM subsidiary Telco’s NFVTime uCPE and FatPipe’s SD-WAN will be offered to telecom operators and managed service providers.

This is BATM’s first release since it entered a joint development agreement with Arm. The press release says that this makes FatPipe the only SD-WAN provider that can operate both on Arm and Intel x86 architectures.

Stealth Alkira Landing Spot for Viptela Execs

Key Viptela alumni posted an enigmatic Tweet message earlier this month. The message was from Alkira, which was founded in May. The tweet said that investors are Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Light Reading, which called attention to the tweet, said that it Alkira is mum on the plans and the amount of funding it has attracted. Viptela folks now at Alkira are Atif Khan, Himanshu Shah, Amir Khan and Murtuza Attarwala. Viptela became part of Cisco last August.

Microsoft, Citrix Partner on Singapore Azure On Ramp

Microsoft and Citrix are partnering to create an “on ramp” to Azure, according to Channel Asia. The access to the Azure Virtual WAN service will be from Singapore. The goals are to improve the user experience, deliver consistent productivity and automate branch office network deployments. The Citrix SD-WAN solution is available from Citrix channel partners or from the Azure Marketplace.

Nilfist Using GTT SD-WAN Service Worldwide

Nilfisk, a Denmark-based international supplier of professional cleaning solutions, will use GTT Communications’ SD-WAN service. The SD-WAN, which intelligently manages traffic and sends it over the most efficient path from data centers or the cloud, will be deployed to 120 Nilfisk sites. GTT already provides content filtering and regional firewalls to Nilfisk locations in Europe, North America and Asia.

Versa Wins “Recommended” Status from NSS NGFW Group

Versa Networks has received a “recommended” rating from NSS Labs’ Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Group Test. Versa’s NGFW is a cloud-native multi-service, multi-tenant software platform that provides elastic scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. The Versa secure Cloud IP integrates cloud networking, SD-WAN, wireless and mobile connectivity.

The Versa platform blocked exploit attacks with 100 percent accuracy in 190 tests. It passed all stability and reliability tests and achieved low TCO for implementation of security solutions.

Windstream Introduces Cloud Connect

Windstream Enterprise, which uses SD-WAN technology from VMware’s VeloCloud unit, has introduced SD-WAN Cloud Connect. Channel Partners says that the new offering is a bridge between its Concierge SD-WAN managed service and its Cloud Connect cloud access solution.
The new service initially is available to AWS customers. It will be available to Azure customers next month.

LiveAction Adds Server Appliance

LiveAction, an IT network management, visualization and analytics software firm, says that its new LiveNX Server Appliance is the first dedicated hardware appliance for its LiveNX network management platform. The solution optimizes flow processing, reporting and analytics and simplifies deployment of large scale global networks.

The company said that customer requests for LiveNX deployment flexibility in production SD-WAN environments led to development of the new appliance.

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