The dog days of summer have hit, but that isn’t stopping news from happening in the SD-WAN world. Here are highlights from the week of July 30:

Vulnerability Found in VMware NSX SD-WAN

In late July, Critical Start’s Section 8 Penetration Testing Team found an unauthorized command injection vulnerability in Velocloud’s VMware NSX SD-WAN environments. The vulnerability potentially could lead to compromises of network routers, switches, firewalls and other elements if not addressed. VMware’s Security Response Center released a patch.

I wrote a column at Network World to discuss the changes that SD-WAN bring to network security, which clearly is a vital topic and a bit of a challenge for this new approach to networking: “[A]s we move from a single or limited set of centrally managed, secure Internet gateways to a very distributed set of internet gateways, the attack space grows.”

Cisco Meraki Gets a Deal Down Under

Solutions Integrator RIoT Solutions will deploy Cisco Meraki SD-WANs to 330 pubs, clubs and hotels across Australia that are managed by ALH Group. RIoT, which is based in Brisbane, is updating the properties. One step is to use SD-WAN to improve performance and manageability and reduce costs. RIoT told CRN that the technology is expected to cut costs by allowing use of broadband connections instead of MPLS.

Hughes Introduces the HR4860 Secure SD-WAN Gateway

Hughes Network Systems has introduced the HR4860 Secure SD-WAN Gateway. The gateway features Hughes ActiveTechnologies, which provides quality of service (QoS) and traffic shaping that adapt to broadband circuit performance in real time. The feature eliminates blackouts and brownouts using automatic path selection and identifying and prioritizing critical applications based upon their packet behavior. System settings continually redefine themselves based on application and network performance.

Comcast Business SD-WAN to Use Amdocs NFV

Amdocs will provide its network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolio to Comcast Business’s SD-WAN offering. The portfolio provides orchestration, fulfillment and automation functions. It integrates into an array of virtualized service functions provided by what Amdocs calls a “vibrant” partner ecosystem.

Intelisys Hires Aram Bolduc as Senior Manager

Intelisys, a technology services distributor, has added Aram Bolduc as Senior Manager for Strategic Partner Development in the New England South region. Bolduc will focus on the key New York and Connecticut markets. Bolduc has worked with UCaaS, SD-WAN and bandwidth aggregation and identified SD-WAN as an area of growth upon which he will focus.

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