SimpleWAN Unveils SD-WAN 2.0 Solution

April 14, 2018

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

SimpleWAN, this month, takes the wraps off version 2.0 of its SD-WAN solution.

CEO Erik Knight explains that SimpleWAN 2.0 delivers LAN and WAN management capabilities, managed Wi-Fi, the ability to control switching from its portal, and simple deployment. It also includes firewall functionality, and cybersecurity sharing and content filtering.

The original version of SimpleWAN included a basic firewall, says Knight. But SimpleWAN 2.0 takes cybersecurity to a new level with HIPPA and PCI (News - Alert) compliance and reporting (so IT teams know their compliance risk), and shares all information about threats and what’s going on with devices in real time, he adds. SimpleWAN 2.0 also features application control, automation, and prioritization.

Because SimpleWAN 2.0 has so many features, it will involve a more consultative sale, says Knight. So the company is offering 2.0 strictly as a channel product.

SimpleWAN has just signed on with The Alliance Partners to bring the 2.0 solution to market. The Alliance Partners is consortium of companies that have banded together to benefit from greater economies of scale in working with services and software suppliers. The Alliance Partners also benefit from joint collaboration and education. The group includes ABS (News - Alert) Telecom, Advantage, ARG, AVANT, Carrier Sales, CloudTaskForce, Comtel Communications, ECT Telecom, exemplify, Fostar, Global Systems, IQ Wired, liquid networx, MicroCorp, Planet One, SelecTel Corp., and Telegration (News - Alert).

SD-WAN is already a popular offering in the marketplace. SimpleWAN alone has more than 5,000 deployments, most of them in the U.S. And Knight says the SD-WAN space is evolving quickly, with better use cases that make such solutions easier to sell. SD-WAN, he adds, enables organizations to get rid of multiple vendors and contracts.

He adds that while some other SD-WAN offerings in the marketplace have firewalls, most of those firewalls are very weak. And some solutions with firewall capabilities stop at the firewall, he adds. But SimpleWAN, he says, reaches from the edge of the client all the way to the edge of the desktop.