ADARA Takes SD-WAN Offering to Cloud
ADARA Networks unveiled a cloud version of its software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solution, promising to reduce network latency and improve performance via real-time performance monitoring and programmability.
The software-defined networking (SDN) specialist identifies network latency as the "universal problem" that can affect bottom-line performance, such as an enterprise losing millions of dollars in lost sales.
To address the latency problem, the company adds intent-based networking (IBN) into the SDN mix, a technology approach that research firm Gartner Inc. has called "the next big thing on the networking horizon."
"Intent-based networking is not a product, or a market," Gartner analyst Andrew Lerner said in post last year announcing new research for IBN. "Instead, it is a piece of networking software that helps to plan, design and implement/operate networks that can improve network availability and agility. Another way to describe it would be lifecycle management software for networking infrastructure."
To alleviate network latency with IBN, ADARA employs artificial intelligence algorithms and more to measure network performance in real time and translate that measured performance into dynamically adjusted run-time configurations in order to meet customer-defined service level agreements.
The new cloud version of the company's SD-WAN adds the Amazon Web Services public cloud platform as target, along with private clouds (on-premises with or without OpenStack software) and "personal clouds" that span Android devices, tablets, laptops and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The offering consists of the company's IBN SD-WAN routers, SD-WAN Proxies and its Direct Connection Multi Cloud Management Platform, which has been transformed into a cloud version.
The ADARA Cloud SD-WAN Router and ADARA Cloud SD-WAN Proxy are available on the AWS Marketplace, which shows pricing details.
ADARA's move follows similar recent industry efforts to take SD-WAN to the cloud, as Cisco just extended its "ACI Anywhere" SDN offering to the AWS cloud, and Juniper Networks remade its SD-WAN solution into a cloud-delivered "as-a-service" offering.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.