networking | June 16, 2022
Wireless pioneer Betacom, an enabler of Industry 4.0 through private 5G wireless networks, today announced its selection by Google Cloud to accelerate delivery of private 5G networks in the U.S. through its newly announced private networks solution portfolio, built on Google Distributed Cloud (GDC) Edge. This joint effort will accelerate enterprise deployment of technologies that power Industry 4.0.
“Betacom has deep experience in wireless networking design and deployment, and we are enthusiastic about its participation in our new private networks solutions portfolio on Google Distributed Cloud Edge,” said Tanuj Raja, Global Director, Strategic Partnerships at Google Cloud. “Private 5G networks are critical to innovation in the United States and our joint efforts to streamline their delivery will ensure that companies of all sizes have access to high-quality solutions.”
Betacom 5GaaS, a fully-managed, end-to-end private wireless service, gives U.S. enterprises access to cost-effective, high-performance 5G networks, with network management delivered via its cloud-based Security and Service Operations Center (SSOC) built on Zero Trust design principles. The company has a long and successful history of building wireless infrastructure for mid-to-large enterprises and the expertise to meet the private wireless needs of the manufacturing, airlines and warehousing sectors.
Betacom networks are deployed in close collaboration with Airspan Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Airspan Networks Holdings Inc. (NYSE American: MIMO), which provides 5G radio access networks, and Druid Software, which provides the 5G core software. Airspan’s end-to-end Open RAN (Radio Access Network) solution is at the forefront of CBRS shared spectrum connectivity and was the first in the U.S. to have its 5G CBRS small cells certified by the Federal Communications Commission. Druid Software’s Raemis 5G core is a 3GPP compliant 5G/4G core network designed specifically for critical enterprise communications requiring variable scalability. The platform is differentiated by its ability to prioritize and “slice” devices while providing them with a guaranteed quality of service.
“Google has been at the forefront of shared spectrum access in the United States from the very beginning, and has a strong leadership position in the development and deployment of Google Distributed Cloud Edge across the globe, We are pleased to be one of the initial partners that Google Cloud is working closely with to deliver its new private networks solutions portfolio on Google Distributed Cloud Edge, and look forward to working with our joint customers to support their Industry 4.0 initiatives.”
Johan Bjorklund, CEO of Betacom
Betacom offers the first fully managed private 5G network, building on its long history as a wireless infrastructure provider to AT&T, T Mobile, and Verizon. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, the company has regional offices throughout the country. Having completed more than 800 large-scale design and deployment projects, Betacom inspires confidence among their customers who have worked closely with them to meet their pressing high-performance connectivity needs. Its private 5G wireless service is the first managed service of its kind in the United States.
Frost & Sulliva | June 28, 2022
Secure software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) global demand increases as organizations strive to meet security concerns and improve the employee experience. Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis finds that the global secure SD-WAN solutions market is expected to reach $6.52 billion by 2026 from $1.67 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.3%.
As an effective solution, secure SD-WAN natively integrates the networking and security functions with simplified deployment and management. A wide area network allows devices to communicate and share information with other locations around the world. SD technology turns the control plane of these networks into software that can be managed from a centralized location. Secure SD-WAN includes a next-generation firewall; however, customers can use the broader security capabilities offered under these solutions.
"Organizations' IT environments are becoming more complex with the expanding network traffic across on-premises, public cloud, and branch locations," said Vivien Pua, Security Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "In such instances, secure SD-WAN offers organizations an efficient and cost-effective approach to manage their networks across multiple locations while retaining the security functionality."
Pua added: "Due to the rising adoption of new technologies such as 5G networks, cloud services and the Internet of Things (IoT), organizations need to transform their networks to offer employees and customers a reliable network performance and security protection, especially when it comes to distributed organizations with multiple branches. This trend will increase the adoption of secure SD-WAN and continue to rise over the next 1-2 years."
Organizations' increasing demand for embedded security in SD-WAN solutions presents massive growth opportunities for market participants, such as:
Providing integrated security and analytics functionalities on top of SD-WAN solutions to help gain a competitive edge over pure SD-WAN vendors and service providers.
Increased security features integrated into the solution to maintain a secure environment.
Platforms that can centrally manage deployments, configurations, and ongoing operations with complete visibility, analytics, and reporting across the entire network should be provided to customers.
Global Secure SD-WAN Solutions Growth Opportunities is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan's Security research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organizations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.
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Mavenir | June 06, 2022
Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today confirms its selection by Telefónica Hispam (Hispanoamérica) to supply cloud-native IMS Core for fixed and mobile networks across Mexico, Colombia, and Chile.
As mobile networks continue to evolve, and to handle growing data and device needs, Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS platform serves as the foundational technology for 5G networks. The transition to automated, cloud-native IMS, will allow Telefónica Hispam to evolve all fixed and mobile voice services and modernize operations. The solution will be deployed on TCloud, Telefónica’s private telco cloud infrastructure.
Mavenir’s IMS is purpose-built for fully automated cloud environments, allowing Telefónica to operate with web-scale agility, ensuring 5G transformation is layered on existing 4G networks using a microservice-based architecture. Deploying zero-touch Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), containerized environments increase productivity and leverage current network investment with a 5G-ready, cloud-native IMS core platform.
Alejandro Ghianni, Planification and Engineering Director at Telefónica Hispam said, “At Telefónica, we appreciate that core network functions must be modernized to support network evolution, and virtualized architectures will need software that supports both VoLTE and 5G Voice. We are very excited to embark on this network transformation journey with Mavenir.”
“Only a cloud-native network, evolved into a fully web-scale platform, can meet the requirements for a successful 5G transformation. Mavenir’s cloud-native IMS Core can be deployed on any cloud eliminating legacy hardware platforms. This mobile-first architecture has been deployed in a variety of large multivendor environments including O2 Telefónica in Germany and Virgin Mobile O2 in the UK. We are very pleased to have been awarded this important project by Telefónica Hispam.
Javier Gavilan, Mavenir’s Chief Technical Officer CALA region
“Mavenir is the global leader in cloud-native mobile network software applications, supporting over 3 billion subscribers worldwide. Mavenir’s modernized, software-based approach transforms mobile communications networks, to operate in a fully virtualized environment, where devices, applications, and services can run on an automated network utilizing open architectures, containers, and artificial intelligence,” concluded Gavilan.
Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers and Enterprises in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers.
About Telefónica Hispam:
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Spanish America. The company operates under the Movistar trademark and offers fixed broadband connectivity services -with FTTH solutions- and mobile with 4G networks, as well as a wide range of digital services for more than 109 million residential and business customers in the region. Telefónica Hispam offers its services in: Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
Netskope | July 11, 2022
Netskope, the leader in Security Service Edge (SSE) and Zero Trust, today announced the formation of Netskope Network Visionaries, a new advisory group focused on the critical role network transformation plays in application, data and security transformation as modern enterprises embrace hybrid work. Inaugural members include well-known industry veterans Elaine Feeney and Alan Hannan, who will work closely with Netskope and its customers on the networking and infrastructure investments required on-premises and in the cloud to support the requirements of a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture.
Enterprises are rapidly adopting SASE and applying Zero Trust principles to safeguard data everywhere, support digital transformation efforts, and simplify and achieve better return-on-investment for their technology. According to Gartner, by 2025, at least 60% of enterprises will have explicit strategies and timelines for SASE adoption encompassing user, branch and edge access, up from 10% in 20201.
But to succeed, SASE requires transforming the underlying network and also incorporating key infrastructure elements such as edge compute and network peering that support the convergence of networking and security. As Netskope has demonstrated with a $100M+ investment in its NewEdge security private cloud, positioning data-centric security as close to the user as possible, with fast low-latency on-ramps, efficient traffic processing, and optimized access to the applications and content that matter most to enterprises—all without degrading performance—is key to a SASE-ready architecture.
As the world's largest, fastest, and highest-performing security private cloud, Netskope NewEdge powers the real-time, inline and out-of-band, API-driven security services of Netskope Intelligent SSE, allowing security to be deployed at the edge where and when it's needed and accelerating how enterprises adopt SASE, while eliminating performance trade-offs..
Netskope Network Visionaries
The new Netskope Network Visionaries advisory team will focus on:
Providing insights on the most important issues and key challenges affecting networking and infrastructure leaders
Evangelizing the critical role of network architecture, design, and performance in successful SASE and SSE implementations
Identifying and sharing customer and industry best practices for SASE and Zero Trust
Influencing the strategic direction of Netskope and its product roadmap to ensure tight alignment with network transformation and the mission of networking and infrastructure leaders
Currently an advisor for PointOne Development Corp., Elaine Feeney was previously Vice President of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure Global Expansion, responsible for expanding AWS' worldwide data center facilities and network infrastructure. At AWS, she oversaw the strategy, planning, and contracting of data center facilities, edge nodes/POPs, dark fiber, and subsea cable network connectivity with the aim of continually increasing the AWS portfolio globally. Prior to AWS, Elaine held leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies including Sun Microsystems, Citibank, and MCI. Elaine has been recognized as a strong technical leader by achieving numerous "Outstanding Women in Business," "Entrepreneur of the Year," and "CEO of the Year" awards.
"For years enterprises have struggled to find solutions that deliver effective security without negatively impacting the speed of service," said Elaine Feeney. "With NewEdge, Netskope has an extensive global infrastructure of full compute data centers with elaborate peering that eliminates this trade-off. Now customers can have both security and speed by leveraging Netskope's investment in the infrastructure and team to make this possible. Coming from one of the world's largest public cloud providers, I understand the unique value that Netskope has created and am pleased to work closely with the industry leaders that Netskope has attracted as they transform the networking and security industry."
Alan Hannan is currently an advisor to Crowdstrike, where he previously served as Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering. A widely renowned expert in public and private cloud networking, optimizing Internet paths, backbone ISP, and other networking disciplines, Alan has also held leadership roles at UUNET, Global Crossing, Aruba Networks, Fast Data Delivery, Alcatel-Lucent, Oort, and Internap Network Services.
"Success in SASE happens when enterprises also prioritize network performance and architecture," said Alan Hannan. "Netskope recognized early on that these things matter, and prioritized the building of NewEdge—and a focus on critical requirements for network transformation—alongside their industry-leading security portfolio. I'm very excited to support this next stage of their journey as a Netskope Network Visionary."
The launch of Netskope Network Visionaries marks the latest in a series of key network networking transformation milestones and networking-related alliance partnerships for Netskope. Continuing its mission to offer security without performance trade-offs, Netskope today offers full-compute data centers for NewEdge in more than 50 regions worldwide, offering customers the lowest latency and highest-performing network infrastructure backed by unmatched, industry-leading Service Level Agreements. Every data center is accessible to every customer without additional fees or surcharges, with all Netskope Security Cloud services available, including cloud firewall, secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, zero trust network access, and more.
"We bet on building the world's most well-connected network, NewEdge, back when the industry was still looking at us as 'only' a security vendor. In doing so, Netskope today is uniquely able to deliver what's needed for SASE without sacrificing network performance, We are honored to welcome top-caliber industry talent in Elaine and Alan as Netskope Network Visionaries, joining our distinguished roster of networking experts to help our customers at every stage of their successful SASE journey."
Joe DePalo, SVP, Platform Engineering at Netskope
For more on Netskope, SASE, and network transformation:
Read the Netskope blog from Netskope Network Visionary Elaine Feeney
Watch an in-depth video conversation on network transformation featuring Elaine Feeney and Joe DePalo
Visit netskope.com for more on Netskope SASE, Intelligent SSE, and NewEdge.
About Netskope NewEdge
Netskope NewEdge is the security private cloud that powers the portfolio of real-time, inline and out-of-band Netskope Security Cloud services, including FWaaS, SWG, CASB, ZTNA and more. Powered today by data centers in more than 57 regions, each with full compute, extensive peering, the full stack of SSE services, plus accessible to every customer without surcharges, NewEdge is one of the largest and most well-connected networks in the world.
To give customers the confidence in sending their traffic to NewEdge, Netskope is completely transparent with its support terms, including details of its industry-best Service Level Agreements for uptime/availability and latency, as well as the Netskope Trust Portal which provides real-time, publicly-accessible status of Netskope's global data centers and services, plus updates on incidents and maintenance.
Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply Zero Trust principles to protect data. The Netskope Intelligent Security Service Edge (SSE) platform is fast, easy to use, and secures people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements.