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.
Edgecore Networks | June 24, 2022
Edgecore Networks, a leading provider of traditional and open network solutions for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, today announces the launch of the world's first full-stack OpenWiFi hospitality solution for ISP and MSP customers, leading the way forward ushering in collaboratively created OpenWiFi business model for hotels.
Edgecore’s Open and Interoperable Hospitality Solution is led by ecCLOUD™, one of the first TIP OpenWiFi 2.0 based enterprise controller that can manage hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi Access points (APs) from both Edgecore as well as any other hardware vendor with compatible OpenWiFi software. In addition, Edgecore’s EAP104, the world's first open hospitality and multi-dwelling units (MDU) dedicated Wi-Fi AP, not only works with Edgecore’s ecCLOUD but also with any TIP OpenWiFi compatible controller.
The agility to provide network management and application services in a rapidly changing and demanding environment is crucial for success in the hospitality and MDU markets. However, existing proprietary network infrastructures hinder the development of innovative application services and hold back effective cost control. In view of this, Edgecore has actively led the way adopting the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) OpenWiFi to unlock limitations and create an OpenWiFi compatible infrastructure with commercial expansion value, rewriting the nature of hospitality Wi-Fi networks. ISPs and MSPs are now no longer bound by a single vendor but can flexibly choose mixing and matching from different cloud controllers, Wi-Fi APs, and switches. And, by using an open API to rapidly develop application services, whether they are self-developed or in cooperation with third-party partners, the time for launching new services and new applications is greatly shortened. All of this significantly reduces capital expenditure and operating costs and reduce TCO by up to 50%.
Chris Busch, TIP Open Converged Wireless Co-Chair said: “TIP has been dedicated to reinforcing the global OpenWiFi ecosystem by working closely with Wi-Fi industry leaders. Edgecore’s expertise in cloud controllers has made the OpenWiFi 2.x stack accessible and practical, and unleashed countless innovation possibilities for ISPs and MSPs. We believe this is a highly scalable and efficient solution for hospitality providers worldwide”
Edgecore’s ecCLOUD and Wi-Fi AP both use the latest version of TIP OpenWiFi 2.0, released for commercial use. TIP OpenWiFi 2.0 utilizes uCentral, a lightweight agile communications framework that can dramatically cut cloud hosting costs. In addition, TIP OpenWiFi’s open architecture enables Edgecore to work with application service providers to develop services including Smart Indoor Location Solution, network quality of experience (QoE), network security and other services. The Smart Indoor Location Solution is now available for trial use, and the world's first hospitality- and MDU-dedicated TIP OpenWiFi AP, EAP104, will be available for test appointments from now on, being officially launched in Q3 2022.
To accelerate development of TIP OpenWiFi based innovative ecosystem applications, Edgecore also provides a TIP OpenWiFi Facilitating Program, for free. As part of the program users can perform remote TIP OpenWiFi testing through ecCLOUD without the need of downloading the CloudSDK, accelerating the creation of their own TIP OpenWiFi based solutions.
“Edgecore’s full-stack OpenWiFi hospitality solution unbinds ISPs and MSPs from closed network infrastructures and introduces unlimited innovation possibilities and business potential. As one of the earliest and active TIP OpenWiFi partners, Edgecore Networks will keep working with TIP to grow the OpenWiFi ecosystem together globally.”
Tengtai Hsu, Vice President of Edgecore Networks
About Edgecore Networks
Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading networking ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for data center, service provider, enterprise, and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking, providing a full line of open 1G-400G Ethernet OCP Accepted™ switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, optical packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software.
About the Telecom Infra Project
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. Half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet, and for those who are, connectivity is often insufficient. This limits access to the multitude of consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet, thereby impacting GDP growth globally. However, a lack of flexibility in the current solutions - exacerbated by a limited choice in technology providers - makes it challenging for operators to efficiently build and upgrade networks. Founded in 2016, TIP is a community of diverse members that includes hundreds of companies - from service providers and technology partners, to systems integrators and other connectivity stakeholders. We are working together to develop, test and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions that deliver the high quality connectivity that the world needs - now and in the decades to come.
Omdia | July 06, 2022
Omdia released the white paper: "The enduring value of IP + Optical" at the 2022 Next Generation Optical Networking (NGON) forum held in Barcelona, Spain.
The white paper offers analysis of "IP over WDM" and "IP+Optical", states t IP over WDM was initially designed for one specific cloud service provider niche application. For communications service providers (CSPs)"IP+Optical" continues to be the more practical solution for CSP network, application and operational needs.
As stated in the white paper, the IP over WDM (IPoWDM) concept has been around for many years. Its fundamental premise has always been the ability to deploy transmission optics within routing platforms to delayer and simplify networks.
However, the hardware and software standardization of IPoWDM are work in progress industry initiatives and a significant integration effort is shifted from the vendors to the CSPs.
In contrast to the multi-variant architecture of IPoWDM, IP + Optical continues to demonstrate enduring value for the CSP community.
CSPs can continue to quickly leverage best-of-breed technology developments. Networks can be managed with existing skill sets and resources. Major advances in wavelength management continue, both in the core, at scale, and at the edge.
Visionary Broadband | June 07, 2022
Visionary Broadband ("Visionary", or the "Company") has received a strategic investment from funds affiliated with GTCR LLC ("GTCR"), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The transaction will allow Visionary to continue investing in the construction of new fiber networks throughout Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, and will prepare Visionary for match requirements in upcoming State-led grant programs.
Headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming, Visionary is a pioneering Internet Service Provider ("ISP") serving residential and business subscribers in the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1994, Visionary has grown into one of the largest and most geographically diverse ISPs in the Rocky Mountain region, serving customers through the Company's hybrid fiber and wireless network. In partnering with GTCR, Visionary Broadband will accelerate its ongoing network expansion in order to provide fiber-to-the-premise ("FTTP") broadband to rural and underserved communities.
"This investment accelerates our commitment to deliver reliable, state-of-the-art gigabit internet where we live, work and play. We do what we say here at Visionary, and this allows us to do even more for both existing and future Visionary customers, GTCR shares our rural broadband focus, and we are excited to partner with them at this essential time for broadband."
Brian Worthen, CEO of Visionary Broadband
"The Visionary management team has built an incredible business with deep roots in the communities they serve," said Stephen Jeschke, Managing Director at GTCR. "We are excited to partner with an experienced and entrepreneurial management team focused on hiring local and bringing multi-gigabit fiber-based internet access to their service areas."
Visionary is actively constructing FTTP projects in several markets in its existing footprint. The initial builds include the Wyoming communities of Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Lander, Laramie, and Lusk, and Marble, Gunnison, and Walden in Colorado. Previously, Visionary completed FTTP projects in Dayton, LaGrange, Ranchester, and Yoder in Wyoming, and in Kremmling, Colorado. The Company is deploying XGS-PON, a passive-optic networking technology capable of ten gigabits per second to every home.
Visionary plans new fiber projects in communities that desire a relationship with a broadband provider, are focused on economic development and are engaged on behalf of their citizens.
Q Advisors served as financial advisor to Visionary Broadband with Jennifer McDowell at Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. serving as legal counsel. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor and PriceWaterhouseCoopers served as accounting advisor to GTCR.
About Visionary Broadband
Founded in December of 1994, Visionary is a pioneering Internet Service Provider based in Wyoming. The company has grown to become one of the largest and most geographically diverse ISP in the Rocky Mountain region, providing customers with broadband Internet over fiber and wireless connections. Visionary is focused on providing quality Internet service for underserved and rural markets. Visionary is a privately owned company, with its leadership residing and accessing connectivity within the company's service area, keeping it in touch with the customer experience.
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Business & Consumer Services, Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $20 billion in over 250 companies.