Aryaka takes to the cloud with new SD-WAN product


Aryaka is beefing up its line of software-defined networking products with the introduction of a cloud-based software-defined WAN offering that puts it head-to-head against vendors like VeloCloud.

The company has made a name for itself in the WAN space, particularly when it comes to using WANs for application acceleration. Gary Sevounts, CMO of Aryaka Networks, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications that many customers have found they can bring branch offices online very quickly with the company's WAN technology.

Like most networking vendors, Aryaka has been eyeing the software-defined space. This morning at NFV & SDN Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Aryaka announced SD-WAN Ultra, which the company calls an integrated SD-WAN offering combining a global private network, WAN optimization features and cloud acceleration technologies.

As with other SD-WAN technologies, part of the goal is simplifying network operations at the branch. With SD-WAN Ultra, there are two key components aimed at creating some differentiation between what Aryaka is offering and what its growing number of competitors in the WAN space are providing.

Smart Link is a link aggregation tool that enables the use of two ISP links simultaneously at the edge. Aryaka customers connect directly to the company's Software Defined Network Platform within their specific region using the Internet only for first- and last-mile connectivity. With dual broadband connections at the branch, Smart Links can improve performance between the branch, headquarters and a myriad of cloud services.

Smart Edge functions as the WAN edge at the branch and includes both cloud and VPN connectivity, routing, firewall, QoS and application-level control in a piece of on-premises equipment. It was designed to be simple to use – essentially plug-and-play – so minimal IT staff need to visit the branch for technical service and support.

"It really provides you with a network for unified communications," said Shehzad Karkhanawala, product marketing manager for Aryaka Networks, in an interview with FierceEnterpriseCommunications. "It drastically increases voice, video and communications on the network at the edge."

Karkhanawala noted that SD-WAN Ultra provides enterprises with a private network that also allows the freedom to use the public Internet for transport in a secure manner. The application acceleration features are potentially of interest to enterprises simply because of the growing number of cloud and software as a service offerings organizations are using today. And of course, cloud usage is expected to grow dramatically over the next few years.

"The interest that we see from customers is more for an SD-WAN that is optimized," Karkhanawala.

The cloud-based SD-WAN offering puts Aryaka in direct competition with other cloud-focused SD-WAN vendors like VeloCloud, which recently received a cash infusion through an investment by Cisco Investments.

Naturally, Aryaka also competes with other SD-WAN vendors, some of which are sticking to the tried-and-true appliance-focused method of delivering services. Not that it's entirely possible to drop hardware entirely from the branch office, of course, but the cloud-focused SD-WAN vendors are aiming to change the way WAN services are delivered.

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