Mushroom, Masergy Make Moves in SD-WAN Space
Mushroom is unveiling tools for customers to build custom network functions, while Masergy is adding SD-WAN to its lineup of managed network services.Mushroom Networks and Masergy Communications are looking to grow their presence in a software-defined WAN market that is crowded, competitive and expected to grow rapidly over the next several years. Mushroom on Sept. 13 unveiled VNF Design Studio, a platform that gives service providers and large enterprises the tools to more easily build virtual network functions (VNFs) that best fit their particular needs. For its part, Masery is adding managed software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) to its lineup of hybrid networking solutions. Both moves come as the SD-WAN market continues to grow, driven by the embrace of public cloud applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS) and the growth of such trends as an increasingly mobile workforce, the proliferation of mobile devices and data analytics. Traffic from branch offices traditional traveled to the data center via such transport modes as Multiprocotocol Label Switching (MPLS), which can be expensive and time-consuming to deploy, and is not designed for a cloud-centric world. Businesses and service providers are looking for technologies that can make their networks more agile, scalable and dynamic, and that can make it easier and more secure to connect branch and remote office directly to the internet or cloud. Through SD-WAN, there are multiple transport modes in play, and the network can decide the best path for a particular workload or application, which could be anything from MPLS to cellular.
Through their VNF Design Studio—which is available immediately—Mushroom officials are looking to give network administrators an easier way to design and deploy customized WAN overlays that address their particular needs. Rather than rely on what a networking technology vendor offers, Mushroom's platform offers a curated library of modular, drag-and-drop components that the administrators can use to build software components that are optimized for their networks.