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Managed SDP security from Verizon, Vidder addresses enterprise security

Verizon expands its enterprise portfolio with managed SDP security, underpinned with Vidder software. Also, InfoVista and Cato Networks combine services for an SD-WAN gateway.

Verizon has added managed software-defined perimeter security to its enterprise networking service portfolio. The service uses security software from Vidder Inc., headquartered in Campbell, Calif.

Vidder's SDP security software is available as a gateway that can be cloud-based, hosted in a data center box or integrated with an SD-WAN gateway, said Junaid Islam, Vidder's president and CTO. In Verizon's case, Vidder's software will run in universal customer premises equipment.

Vidder's SDP security identifies individual users and their devices accessing the network and determines the applications that user is authorized to have. A key element to SDP security is the authorization process no longer takes place inside the device, but happens in the cloud or data center, Islam said. This process helps prevent malware from getting into the data center, he added.

Verizon also offers managed SD-WAN services, underpinned by SD-WAN vendors, including Cisco and Viptela -- recently acquired by Cisco.

"Verizon is making a big bet on SD-WAN as a way to differentiate its service and now [Vidder] is working with them to put SDP on that [service] as a further differentiation, in terms of securing that application-aware infrastructure with application-aware security," Islam said.

Although most SD-WAN services include their own security measurements or partner with security companies, Islam said adding SDP security on top of SD-WAN is beneficial. If SD-WAN reroutes traffic to a different path, SDP security ensures end-to-end encryption and a "secure enclave."

Islam said Verizon's SDP security service is especially suited for enterprises with high-value or regulated information. Those companies will want to minimize cyber risks and be more likely to implement SDP security more quickly, he said, although they may or may not transition to SD-WAN.

SevOne moves management platform to the cloud

SevOne has shifted its formerly appliance-based management platform to the cloud. With its SevOne Data Platform, SevOne intends to bring management and analytics to where enterprises are working in the cloud, according to Jim Melvin, SevOne's CMO.

"Fundamentally, what we've done is we've taken our appliance-based software and we've containerized it," Melvin said. "We've made it so it can run in just about anything you want it to run in."

The platform includes three new offerings: Data Engine, Data Insight and Data Bus. Data Engine collects the actual data; Data Insight allows users to customize analytics and visualization for a more efficient workflow; and Data Bus lets enterprises send and receive data from other analytics packages, like custom data lakes, business insight packages or security operations.

Data Insights and Data Bus are available now, while Data Engine will be available later in 2017, according to Melvin.

Melvin said he thinks SevOne's cloud-based platform will not only help improve a company's workflow, but also benefit enterprises implementing software-based technologies.

"These technologies -- like SDN, SD-WAN and NFV -- provide great promise for the companies that are deploying them in terms of flexibility," Melvin said. "But frankly, they've been a huge potential fear, risk or even nightmare for operational teams that have to embrace them. It's just another big change."

With a cloud-based platform in place, however, Melvin contends enterprises can keep up with the rapid changes in virtualized technologies and succeed with software-defined infrastructures.

InfoVista and Cato Networks offer integrated SD-WAN gateway

InfoVista and Cato Networks have introduced an integrated gateway that combines SD-WAN connectivity with cloud-based security and performance guarantees.

The new appliance couples InfoVista's Ipanema Application Aware SD-WAN service with Cato Cloud network services. The Ipanema appliance routes application traffic to Cato Cloud via secure gateway connections.

"Cato's unique SLA-backed global backbone with built-in network security combined with InfoVista's Ipanema enables enterprises to dramatically reduce the cost, complexity and risk in their enterprise networks," said Alon Alter, Cato's vice president of business operations, in a statement.

The combined SD-WAN gateway will be available next week at the SD-WAN Summit. InfoVista released an updated version of Ipanema SD-WAN service earlier this month that focuses on enterprises transitioning from legacy networks to SD-WAN.

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