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Aryaka offers last-mile WAN traffic management systems function

ICYMI: Aryaka ONE offers last-mile WAN optimization service; 60 tech giants speak out against possible ISP regulation.

Aryaka introduced new last-mile connectivity capabilities for users of its WAN-optimization-as-a-service offering. Aryaka ONE, available now, beefs up edge connectivity through a host of security, aggregation and access features, said Sonal Puri, the firm's chief marketing officer.

Aryaka's cloud-based WAN optimization relies on globally distributed points of presence (PoP) to transmit data through multiple, dedicated private links, harnessed by quality of service. Once connected, the network can be operational in much less time than it takes to provision an MPLS link.

With Aryaka ONE, the vendor is essentially bringing to the edge the same level of redundancy, throughput and traffic management systems capabilities extant in its core network.

"Companies have concerns about their last-mile access," Puri said. "In certain regions, we see there just isn't enough fiber or focus on better quality networks. So we've increased our focus to improving the last-mile experience for the customer."

To that end, Aryaka ONE, among other capabilities, adds more robust encryption, secure socket layer proxy, Quality of Service, caching and high availability features. For customers that use multiple ISPs for last-mile connectivity, Aryaka ONE offers them the ability to aggregate those separate links into one link, in active-active mode, for high performance.

Finally, with Aryaka ONE, the company significantly upgraded the optional ANAP edge device, making it more intelligent, powerful and scalable, Puri said.

"We had a basic service for the mid-market. Now we have Fortune 100 customers, and they require a different level of functionality and that's what we're targeting."

60 U.S. technology companies speak out against Title II regulation

Cisco, IBM and Juniper Networks are among 60 U.S. companies that have spoken out against the prospect of Title II regulation of broadband services. In an open letter to the Federal Communications Commission and congressional members, the companies express concern for the American economy if regulators opt to label ISPs as public utilities in the net neutrality battle. The letter states, "Title II would lead to a slowdown, if not a hold, in broadband buildout, because if you don't know that you can recover on your investment, you won't make it."

The statement, from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), raises concerns that large ISPs like AT&T and Verizon will throttle back their purchases of switches, routers and other equipment if they are unsure that they can get a return on those investments. Title II regulation could put tight controls over how much ISPs could charge and the TIA said the specter of those rules would chill the market.

"The investment shortfall would then flow downstream, landing first and squarely on technology companies like ours, and then working its way through the economy overall," TIA wrote in the letter.

"These companies are at the heart of our economy, and are driving the innovation and investment that has made the Internet the revolutionary force it is today," TIA CEO Scott Belcher wrote. "This letter sends an unambiguous message that reclassifying Title II would be detrimental to today's Internet, harming consumer, job creation and economic growth."

IBM releases business apps for iOS

IBM and Apple released the first batch of business applications tailored to help users make better decisions. The two companies teamed up earlier this year to develop a suite of mobile business applications that would harness the strength of IBM's data analytic capabilities with Apple's iOS. The first 10 applications under the IBM MobileFirst umbrella were released Dec.10. The companies said there could eventually be more than 100 applications released through the alliance.

Up until the release of these software products, backers said business applications on mobile devices have been limited to checking customer information or approving work orders. The MobileFirst applications are targeted toward the banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, governments and airlines industries.

Gartner analyst Van L. Baker told The New York Times that the new technology could have a huge impact on business. "To the extent they can take several back-end systems, integrate them and deliver an easy-to-use experience, that is potentially groundbreaking," he said.

NIST publishes cloud computing roadmap for federal government

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published Volume I and Vol. II of its U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, a document that focuses on ways to accelerate the federal government's adoption of cloud computing. The first volume, High-Priority Requirements to Further USG Agency Cloud Computing Adoption, goes into detail about specific action plans to enhance security, the ability of systems to work together and the need for data to move between different cloud systems. The second volume, Useful Information for Cloud Adopters, describes a conceptual model and details business and technical use cases for it. The second volume also explains where gaps can be filled in existing security, interoperability and portability standards.

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