November 19, 2014, Washington, DC: Cloud Network Defense™(CND), launched today by network security specialist Wedge Networks, is a radical new means to deliver high levels of cyber security – on demand and closely tailored to business or individual security needs. CND presents an exciting opportunity for service providers to grow their portfolio and generate sustainable added revenue.
“Cloud Network Defense will transform the way security is delivered” says Dr Hongwen Zhang, president and CEO of Wedge Networks. “It is a cloud based software platform leveraging SDN and NFV technology to perform what we call Elastic Security Services Orchestration™. Our software makes it easy for service providers to offer embedded security as a scalable, high performance service for cloud connected networks. Web, email and mobile security policy can now be unified and optimized across all network traffic and all devices, anytime, anywhere”.
Cloud Network Defense™ is a radical departure from current security technologies that rely on proprietary hardware or require security providers to direct traffic to third party infrastructure for inspection – causing delays and adding latency. CND integrates Deep Content Inspection (DCI) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) with advanced software to direct and load-balance computing resources – including spawning off and ‘shrinking’ instances, which normally executes in hardware. The result is comprehensive, scalable and customizable real time security – without requiring traffic to leave the network. The Wedge approach takes advantage of cloud computing architecture that offers scalability, elasticity (dynamic reallocation per demand), ubiquitous availability, and high capacity for the cloud centric networks of today and into the future.
“Imagine being able to phone your service provider call center and ask for whatever security services you might need – anti-malware, anti-spam, parental control, whatever” adds Steve Chappell EVP Sales & Marketing & COO. “The call center enables the service on the spot, and the fee appears on your next bill. It’s a terrific service for business or the individual user, and an exceptional opportunity for the provider to increase revenue and enhance customer loyalty.”
Wedge, as security experts for the MEF, sees Cloud Network Defense™ as a significant milestone on the path towards the forum’s Third Network vision of agile, assured and orchestrated services. Agility means that security measures must be rapidly and easily provisioned – the more painful the provision the greater risk of security being sidelined. Assurance will mean that once one has signed up for a certain level and type of security, that same service should be provided whenever and wherever the user connects. Orchestration of the security policy and implementation will ultimately ensure that this service and its management remains consistent across any number of intervening network segments.
According to ANALYST: “The cost of acquiring each new customer is way over the cost of retaining an existing one – churn cuts profits as well as the referral benefits of continuing service customers. Frustrated customers just shop for the cheapest service, but would they want to quit a good service that has consistently delivered guaranteed and appropriate levels of spam reduction and malware protection without extra effort? Wedge’s latest offering should catch on really fast with today’s providers”.