Cradlepoint, the cloud-based wired and wireless broadband network solutions provider, has unveiled a new platform strategy called NetCloud. NetCloud combines Cradlepoint’s existing software and cloud services with software-defined networking (SDN) technology provided by Pertino, a company it recently acquired. The new platform strategy will be rolled-out in several phases over the next six months.
In a separate announcement today (27 July 2016), Cradlepoint and Japanese mobile operator SoftBank revealed that the carrier is the first to deliver managed network services using the new NetCloud platform.
The WhiteCloud OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud offering is a co-branded service that lets customers instantly build branch, mobile and IoT networks in the cloud with a layer of policy-based services for end-to-end security and control.
OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud is commercial availability now and will be sold through SoftBank’s direct sales organisation in Japan and through its subsidiaries and partnerships around the world.
“Cradlepoint’s NetCloud lets us harness cloud, SDN and NFV technologies to rapidly deliver new services that meet our customers’ evolving network needs in this new era of Internet-centric IT,” said Sadahiro Sato, senior VP at SoftBank Corp.
“Instead of building and managing multiple physical networks, OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud lets customers deploy a single cloud-based WAN that can be configured in minutes to meet the specific needs of connecting remote sites, workers and IoT devices anywhere in the world.”
Companies across industries are embracing cloud, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to increase business agility, empower distributed workforces, and gain operational insights—driving the need for always-connected people, places and things.
As a result, an increasing amount of enterprise network traffic is moving off private IP networks and onto the public Internet. The Cradlepoint NetCloud platform is designed specifically for this new ‘Interprise’ era and allows companies to deploy private cloud networks over wired and wireless broadband Internet services for branch, mobile workforce, vehicle and IoT networks.
Cradlepoint NetCloud is based on the integration of the company’s Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) platform for management and zero-touch deployment of its 4G LTE-enabled routers and M2M/IoT gateways with Pertino’s Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that leverages cloud, SDN and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technologies.
The new integrated platform provides an entirely new way to build, secure, control and manage end-to-end private networks in the cloud using wired and wireless broadband Internet services.
Cradlepont NetCloud will be rolled-out in several phases starting with today’s rebranding of the Pertino Cloud Network Engine service as Cradlepoint NetCloud Engine and followed in less than 90 days with single-pane-of-glass management and router integrations.
George Mulhern, CEO at Cradlepoint, commented: “The Cradlepoint NetCloud platform is at the heart of our strategy to extend leadership in cloud-managed 4G LTE solutions to the emerging opportunity for converged, software-defined enterprise networks designed to connect people, places and things over Internet broadband.”
Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research, said: “While all eyes are on the SD-WAN space and the pending refresh of MPLS branch networks, Cradlepoint’s new NetCloud platform strategy, and its first carrier partnership with SoftBank, highlights the significant opportunity for SDN and NFV—wrapped in a cloud model—to transform wired and wireless consumer broadband into enterprise-grade networks.
“The benefits of this private-intranet-over-public-Internet approach extends beyond the branch, addressing the distributed security and policy enforcement challenges unique to cloud, mobility and IoT deployments within the enterprise.”
To support the SoftBank partnership and sales expansion in the Asia Pacific region, Cradlepoint has established offices in Japan and Australia. Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, USA with development centres in Silicon Valley and Kelowna, Canada, and offices in the UK, Australia and Japan.