NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

An Extension of its NetCloud Architecture Addressing the Intersection of 5G, SD-WAN, and Zero Trust Networking

Cradlepoint | August 18, 2022 | Read time : 03:11 min

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Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network solutions, today announced NetCloud Exchange, an architectural extension of its NetCloud solution, to help lean IT organisations transform their business and amplify their 5G experience with advanced SD-WAN and Zero Trust capabilities. NetCloud Exchange is an intuitive, cloud-native solution built on policy-driven, zero-trust principles that delivers multiple SD-WAN and security services.

As business transformation continues to fuel increased cloud, mobility, and IoT adoption, WAN architectures have proven too limited and inflexible for securely connecting distributed enterprise sites, vehicles, remote employees, and devices. 5G is quickly emerging as an essential WAN infrastructure and will drive WAN expansion and evolution. However, these trends can produce a larger attack surface, unique, cloud-driven traffic patterns, and a greater number of connected endpoints.

“Most network solutions today are designed for wired-only deployments, With the new NetCloud Exchange extension, NetCloud now offers new 5G- and security-first services to support enterprise WAN transformation, including end-to-end secure connectivity, hybrid SD-WAN, and Zero Trust networking – all lifecycle-managed through a single-pane-of-glass.”

Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer for Cradlepoint

The following new NetCloud Services will be delivered based on the NetCloud Exchange extension:

Secure Connect: An agile LTE/5G VPN-like service that enables secure end-to-end connections for thousands of locations in just 3-simple steps. It overcomes the operational complexities of traditional VPNs through automated tunnel orchestration, efficient encryption, name-based routing, and simplified IP address management. NetCloud Exchange Secure Connect utilises Zero Trust principles that include IP address cloaking and no default network access to change the traditional VPN paradigm from “connect and then secure”, to “secure and then connect” provide least privileged-based access.

Advanced SD-WAN: A future service that extends Cradlepoint’s current SD-WAN capabilities by adding end-to-end support and advanced application optimisation. This enhanced service will enable features like 5G network slicing, simplified configuration at scale, more advanced cloud integration, more resilient and flexible traffic steering, and more scalable and resilient private and cloud data centre terminations.

Zero Trust Network Access: A future service that is simple to deploy and uses flexible, fine-grained user-, site-, application-, and resource-based policies that leverage identity, context and 5G attributes to control network access.

All services are delivered using the NetCloud Exchange Service Gateway — a scalable, resilient, software-based solution for private and cloud data centres that aggregates remote connections, provides flow-level visibility, and acts as the policy-enforcement point for the services it supports. 

“Over the years, WAN technologies have gone through a number of iterations, from MPLS to broadband VPN and from on-premise to the cloud,” said Paul Chakour, Director of Technology & Innovation, Wevo. “Cradlepoint NetCloud Exchange offers simplified SD-WAN configuration and orchestration and what we’re really excited about, is that the new SD-WAN service offers advanced cloud and 5G integration, future-proofing our customers’ investments and providing mass scalability.” 

“As businesses increasingly adopt cloud solutions and operate remote and mobile workplaces more and more, we’re seeing rapid growth in demand for 5G infrastructure in Australia,” said Stephen Aravopoulos Managing Director, MobileCorp. “The great thing for our customers is that the new service from Cradlepoint is simple to deploy and manage, is secure, and is compatible with existing Cradlepoint edge router solutions, and we’re excited to be able to offer our customers a pay-as-you-grow model, where additional capacity can be added on demand.” 

"As organisations continue to undergo digital transformation, IT teams must evolve how they manage the network edge,” said Rohit Mehra, group vice president, network and telecom infrastructure at IDC. “Cradlepoint’s innovation in Wireless WAN is enabling enterprises to deploy 5G with the management and security functions needed to scale.”

NetCloud Exchange Secure Connect and NetCloud Exchange Service Gateway are available immediately while other solutions will be available in the fourth quarter of 2022. To learn more about Cradlepoint NetCloud and its NetCloud Exchange and to get updates on upcoming services.

About Cradlepoint
Cradlepoint enables the freedom to connect people, places, and things that drive more experiences, more ways to work, and better business results — anywhere. The company is a pioneer in Wireless WAN, offering advanced 4G and 5G routers and adapters controlled through Cradlepoint NetCloudTM. Enterprise businesses and public sector agencies rely on Cradlepoint and its Cellular Intelligence to build a reliable, secure network wherever they need it, connecting fixed and temporary sites, vehicles, IoT devices, and remote employees. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Cradlepoint is a subsidiary of Ericsson’s Business Area Enterprise Wireless Solutions division. It has international offices in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, India, and Latin America.

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