Wedge Networks and Spirent Demonstrate the Security, Flexibility, and Scalability of the Open Cloud

Wedge Cloud Network Defense™ embeds high-performance security in a virtual test network orchestrated and measured by Spirent

San Francisco, April 21, 2015 —Wedge Networks and Spirent Communications jointly demonstrate that NFV-based functionality can be embedded into cloud networks as virtual services – and that those services can exhibit the performance, predictability, scalability and elasticity required by commercial operators and enterprise customers today.

The test validates the ability of WedgeOS™ and Wedge NFV-S – the underlying security service engine of Cloud Network Defense™ (CND) – to identify and block identified content in an OpenStack-based cloud environment. Using Spirent Avalanche to generate stateful traffic and malicious attacks, WedgeOS™ will block malicious content based on configured policies. Spirent Velocity will orchestrate the test environment while using Spirent iTest to automate the test cases.

The demo also showcases the OpenCloud Reference Architecture recently released by OpenCloud Connect, an industry association focused on creating cloud service standards. OpenCloud Connect (formerly known as the CloudEthernet Forum) has also developed the OpenCloud Project, an open test bed for validating end-to-end interoperability for cloud, datacenter and network services.


Dr. Hongwen Zhang, CEO of Wedge Networks, said: “Today’s network is a cloud-connected network, and cloud-connected networks require a different vision of security than traditional networks. Because NFV-S embeds security into the data plane of network, you now have security applied inherently as a characteristic of the network. Therefore, users don’t have to suffer the same security issues as in the old network model with traditional security implemented on the end point itself or at the network perimeter. ”


Scott Parcel, Spirent VP of Marketing & Operations, said: “This demonstration shows that the performance of NFV solutions can be reliably predicted, and shown to scale elastically to handle traffic growth and spikes. Customers migrating to virtual networks from physical network devices need to see this predictability in order to have confidence in deploying NFV services.”


Spirent and Wedge Networks will be showing this demo at the RSA Conference in Booth (South Expo #S2027). The two companies will repeat the demonstration at Interop in Las Vegas, from Apr. 28-30, in Booth 820.


About Wedge

Wedge Networks™ is transforming the way security is delivered. Powered by the innovative WedgeOS™, Wedge Networks’ Cloud Network Defense™ platform is designed to combat the shifting threat landscape associated with cloud, mobility, Internet of Things and consumerization of IT. By embedding security within the network as an elastic, scalable service, it is the only cloud security solution to perform high-performance content inspection without requiring traffic to leave the network. The award winning Wedge Platform™ is deployed globally, delivering security protection for tens of millions of users in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, internet services providers, and across all industry verticals. Wedge Networks is headquartered in Calgary, Canada and has international offices in Dallas, USA; Beijing, China; and Manama, Bahrain. For further information visit:


About Spirent Communications

Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test and measurement, offers an extensive portfolio of solutions to test data centers, cloud computing and virtualized environments, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network and application security, and positioning technologies. For more information visit,



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