Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Netsocket Adds App Delivery Capability to its SDN-based Virtual Edge Solution

Netsocket is enhancing its SDN-based Virtual Edge solution for branch offices with the capability for automated application delivery.

Netsocket’s Virtual Edge appliance virtualizes WAN/LAN edge networking functions including routing, switching, firewall and tunneling. The newly announced capabilities, which Netsocket calls vApps, enable automated delivery of qualified third party applications. All applications, both networking and non-networking, are hosted on the Virtual Edge’s MicroCloud Server, a commodity x86 platform. The list of vApps currently available include:

  • FortiGate from Fortinet - advanced Security/Firewall/IDS/IPS
  • Snorby - an Open Source Firewall/IDS/IPS
  • Unifi from Ubiquiti Networks - WiFi Controller
  • Pandora - Open Source Remote Monitoring / Management
  • QFlex - Enterprise Session Border Controller (eSBC) from GENBAND
  • OpenVPN - Open Source VPN aggregator and client
  • FreePBX - Open Source IP-PBX
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials - Software Infrastructure from Microsoft
  • Cacti - Open Source Performance Visualization
  • “Generic” debian Linux VM - VM for MSP-installed apps and tools

Netsocket said these new capabilities will significantly enhance the portfolio of services that network operators could offer to their SMB customers. Through Netsocket’s model, service providers are able to layer services at greater margins than traditional hardware resellers and are able to deliver a virtualized edge network service at a very low operational cost, without infrastructure build-out. Netsocket’s Virtual Edge with vApps provides:

“MSPs are facing increased competition from all sides as the SMB market offerings evolve. Netsocket continues to innovate our virtualized networking solutions through the lens of our MSP customers. Netsocket’s Virtual Edge ensures MSPs have the greatest flexibility and agile service delivery model possible to provide IT services to their SMB customers,” added Fletcher Hamilton, president and CEO of Netsocket.