Pertino Promises New Level Of Flexibility With Software-Defined WAN
The number of IT automation services and products grows every day. Software-defined networks (SDNs) in particular have taken off in the past few years due to the increased flexibility such environments provide an organization. Pertino announced new features of its Cloud Networking Engine that concentrate on problems faced by geographically diverse networks.
Businesses with multiple branches, datacenters, or an Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure are often at odds with their geography. A wide area network (WAN) is usually the solution for the networking issues of such organizations, but software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) have been gaining traction as well. SD-WANs combine automation technology similar to that of SDNs to provide an extra boost to flexibility.
A big part of Pertino's SD-WAN solution is the Pertino Gateway. The Pertino Gateway connects with business devices with an IP address, including IoT devices, as well as virtual instances. The gateway then links these devices and instances to Pertino's overlay networks. Configuration of the gateway happens in the cloud using a Pertino Web console running on a Linux deployment or inside a Docker container.
The Pertino Gateway regulates communications between your physical networks and Pertino overlay networks. This includes jobs such as routing and access control. Although a single gateway may be sufficient for some organizations, multiple Pertino Gateways can be used for larger, more complex environments.
Equally pertinent is the new Pertino SmartZones feature. SmartZones enable automated, policy-based control over network traffic. This is especially useful when regulating network use of a mobile device that must switch between connecting to a local area network (LAN) or a Pertino overlay network. Pertino SmartZones are specifically for Business and Enterprise Pertino subscriptions.
Subscription models fall under three categories: Basic, starting at $29.00 per month for 10 devices; Business, starting at $49.00 per month for 10 devices up to a maximum of 250; and Enterprise, which starts at $5,999.00 per year and includes support for 100 devices.