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May 3rd, 2018

Enterprises are undergoing SD-WAN testing to gauge how the technology can offer better WAN control, IHS Markit says. Also, OPNFV releases Fraser to support cloud-native applications.

Enterprises are putting software-defined WAN to the test, according to a recent survey from IHS Markit.

The research firm, headquartered in London, surveyed 153 network managers from medium- and large-sized North American enterprises to evaluate how they’re handling the changing WAN landscape. Of the total respondents, 74% indicated they conducted SD-WAN testing in lab trials in 2016 and 2017, while almost 20% were already in live production, said Matthias Machowinski, senior research director of enterprise networks and video at IHS Markit. The majority of those that had already deployed SD-WAN chose to go with managed SD-WAN services, he added.

Of those enterprises that hadn’t already rolled out SD-WAN, 70% said they intend to deploy it between now and 2020. By then, however, Machowinski said the majority of enterprises will have already migrated to SD-WAN, reducing the segment’s annual growth rate to single-digit percentages.

“There’s a huge chunk in 2018 moving into live production, and then it tapers off after that,” he said.

A main contributor to the move toward SD-WAN testing and deployment is the increase in WAN bandwidth usage. Enterprises expect WAN bandwidth usage to grow more than 20% annually, but limited budgets make it difficult for companies to purchase enough bandwidth to meet those demands, Machowinski said. Currently, data centers gobble up a large part of an enterprise’s bandwidth, although branch office bandwidth consumption is growing at a 30% annual clip, the report said. SD-WAN can address these changes by offering more WAN control and sustainable WAN costs.

“SD-WAN allows these companies to solve their bandwidth challenge,” Machowinski said. “Bandwidth consumption is growing at a significant pace and using existing methods, services and architectures doesn’t allow them to serve those growing needs.”

Security, greater visibility and cloud adoption were other driving forces compelling enterprises to begin SD-WAN testing and potentially invest in deployment, Machowinski said. Enterprises also like the opportunity to use automatic failover and automation capabilities to reduce the costs associated with idle bandwidth, he added.

Few enterprises opted against deployment after conducting SD-WAN testing. Respondents less likely to invest in SD-WAN cited the lack of in-house expertise as a major inhibitor, according to Machowinski. That lack of expertise could correlate with the existing adoption of managed SD-WAN services IHS found in the report, he said.

OPNFV releases version six of architecture

The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) this week released the sixth version of its platform software.

The release, Fraser, includes increased support for cloud-native applications. The update added more capabilities for Kubernetes use cases, deployed two virtual network functions (VNFs) that run on containers and strengthened its monitoring and service assurance capabilities, OPNFV said in a statement.

Fraser also includes a more comprehensive set of capabilities regarding functional, performance, stress and benchmark testing. For example, the release allows service providers to use its functional testing project — Functest — with other open source projects. OPNFV also extended the performance testing timeframe to enable more realistic assessment times.

OPNFV plans to release the next version of its platform software, called Gambia, in early 2019. Gambia will target cloud radio area network, edge cloud and certificate management services, among others.

Martello adds VPN and firewall capabilities to SD-WAN appliance

Martello has upgraded its Atlas SD-WAN-as-a-service technology with subscription-based VPN and firewall modules. The new capabilities make Martello’s LBX appliance series more versatile and eliminate the need for enterprises to use multiple devices to handle tunneling and security requirements.

Zero-touch provisioning, available through technology Martello obtained through its purchase of Elfiq Networks last year, lets customers automatically set up and activate VPN meshing between sites.

For security, Martello said the technology uses both AES 128 and AES 256 encryption with its VPN connectivity, in addition to integrated denial-of-service protection. The stateful firewall capabilities on the LBX appliances inspect incoming and outgoing traffic packets and can redirect network traffic.

Addition of subscription-based security and performance features to popular LBX platform brings new value to customers and offers partners the opportunity to establish new recurring revenue.

Ottawa, Canada , April 26, 2018 — Martello subsidiary Elfiq Networks, SD-WAN pioneer and leader in business continuity and bandwidth optimization solutions, announced today that its newly released subscription-based STREAM VPN and Firewall modules will be made available for the popular LBX Series of appliances, adding value to the platform and providing a recurring revenue opportunity to partners.

“These modules add new value to an existing platform used by a large and growing installed base”, said John Proctor, President and CEO of Martello. “Since these features are subscription-based, they also provide a unique opportunity for partners with a capex SD-WAN model to establish a recurring revenue stream”

“STREAM VPN adds tremendous value to enterprise networks by virtually eliminating the hardware requirements of building a fully-meshed architecture,” said Fred Parent, Chief Innovation Officer at Martello. “Leveraging Elfiq Central’s zero-touch provisioning capabilities, it’s now easier than ever to set up, activate and manage encrypted VPN connections, with the bulk of the operations performed centrally.”

Released in March 2018 for the company’s SD-WAN as a Service solution, ATLAS, this new dynamic VPN technology offers unlimited scalability for bandwidth and meshing within the hardware capabilities of the underlying platform. The product will be available for all current LBX Series with the much anticipated version 4.0 of the Elfiq Operating System.

Martello’s Elfiq SD-WAN solutions are known for their flexibility and affordability. A new project with CENGN aims to also demonstrate with third-party validation that the company’s SD-WAN technology can scale beyond the industry’s usual limits.

About Elfiq Networks

Elfiq Networks enhances network performance and business continuity through innovative link balancing and bandwidth management technologies, delivering state-of-the art SD-WAN solutions to clients around the world. With ATLAS, end-users benefit from centralized management, zero-touch provisioning, increased visibility, simpler configurations and greater savings. For more information, visit www.elfiq.com/SDWAN.

About Martello

Martello delivers confidence in the performance of real-time services on cloud and enterprise networks. Our solutions manage and optimize network performance with innovative SD-WAN technologies and performance management software as a service (SaaS). Over the top (OTT) service providers and enterprises in more than 150 countries around the world rely on Martello for business continuity and network performance. For information, visit: http://www.martellotech.com

April 23, 2018

Martello subsidiary Elfiq Networks, an SD-WAN provider at the leading edge of business continuity and bandwidth optimization solutions, announced ATLAS, the company’s first subscription-based SD-WAN as a service suite. Leveraging many of the most sought after features in Elfiq’s technology, ATLAS maximizes the experience at the edge with an affordable and modular subscription-based offering, said the company.

ATLAS allows organizations to move away from overbearing connectivity contracts and capitalize on carrier diversity, explained Elfiq, gaining resilience and performance while reducing the cost of bandwidth. By leveraging Elfiq Central’s zero-touch provisioning capabilities, end-users can monitor and maintain their SD-WAN without having to break the bank.

“ATLAS is simpler and more affordable than most other SD-WAN solutions on the market today,” said John Proctor, President and CEO of Martello. “Our customers want SD-WAN solutions that work for them, without extra licenses and capabilities they don’t need. By delivering a modular, subscription-based offering, we can address our customers’ networking issues with one simple solution.”

The new SD-WAN Suite includes three licenses, each adding incremental features to offer a complete set of tools to build, optimize or maintain a robust enterprise WAN infrastructure. These three licenses, QEX, BCX and SDX, focus respectively on providing increased Quality of Experience, uninterrupted business continuity, and advanced VPN performance as well as improved security at the edge.

In order to expand its offering into the SD-WAN market, Elfiq Networks simultaneously launched a new hardware platform – the EDGE Series – and two new features – a new VPN module and a Stateful Firewall.

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Launch of CORE series hardware platform brings quality of experience, business continuity and increased VPN performance to large environments in a subscription-based model.

Las Vegas (Nevada), April 19, 2018 — Martello subsidiary Elfiq Networks, SD-WAN pioneer and leader in business continuity and bandwidth optimization solutions, announced today the launch of the CORE series, a new hardware platform for its ATLAS SD-WAN as a Service Suite. Ideal for managed service providers (MSPs), this solution targets the network core with a hardware platform and subscription-based model that is designed for large environments such as headquarters, datacenters and recovery sites.  

“We want to deliver simple, flexible and affordable SD-WAN solutions that Managed Service Providers can add to their portfolio,” said John Proctor, President and CEO of Martello. “While many SD-WAN vendors tend to lock their customers into overpriced, rigid contracts, Martello’s ATLAS SD-WAN as a service solution provides a modular, flexible option that can be tailored to end-user needs.”

Managed through Elfiq Central, a multi-tenant management portal, the CORE series complements the current EDGE Series, which is designed for mobility and connectivity at the edge of the network. Together, these platforms are the foundation for the ATLAS SD-WAN as a service solution.

“The CORE Series expands the reach of ATLAS SD-WAN into the headquarters and the datacenter,” said Martin Deveault, Vice President of Research and Development for Martello and co-founder of Elfiq Networks. “While the EDGE Series was designed for mobility, and bringing connectivity to the edge of the network, the CORE Series is designed to support large SD-WAN environments, with 10Gbps ports and SFP+ interfaces.”

Deployed as a subscription and distributed through partners, the CORE Series opens up multiple new opportunities for Value Added Resellers and Managed Service Providers. Today’s announcement was made at Channel Partners Conference and Expo 2018, at the Sands Expo & Conference Center in Las Vegas, where Martello is exhibiting in booth number 7065.

About Elfiq Networks

Elfiq Networks enhances network performance and business continuity through innovative link balancing and bandwidth management technologies, delivering state-of-the art SD-WAN solutions to clients around the world. With ATLAS, end-users benefit from centralized management, zero-touch provisioning, increased visibility, simpler configurations and greater savings. For more information, visit http://www.elfiq.com/solutions/sd-wan/.

 About Martello

Martello delivers confidence in the performance of real-time services on cloud and enterprise networks. Our solutions manage and optimize network performance with innovative SD-WAN technologies and performance management software as a service (SaaS). Over the top (OTT) service providers and enterprises in more than 150 countries around the world rely on Martello for business continuity and network performance. For information, visit: http://www.martellotech.com

By Mark Haranas on April 16, 2018

The software-de­fined data center is the next evolution for infrastructure and automation with promises of lower costs, greater agility and increased scalability.

Rather than a hardware-centric approach to server, storage and networking, market leaders are turning to software and cloud-like consumption models to meet today’s demands. Bene­fits to implementing a software-de­fined strategy include simpli­fied management under a single platform, reducing the need for specialized components, and the automation of resource provisioning and management. With the rise of the software-defined data center, Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell told CRN recently that on-premises solutions are becoming more cost-effective compared with the public cloud.

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John Proctor, President and CEO, Martello Technologies
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Elfiq Networks, a subsidiary of Martello Technologies, connects edge hardware or virtual devices to central data centers or the cloud to form SD-WAN. The company recently released Atlas, Elfiq’s first subscription-based SD-WAN as a service suite. Elfiq merged with communications management provider Martello Technologies in January.

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