Pertino's Cloud-Based Network Offering Is Available
After a year in beta, Pertino is ready to launch its Cloud Network Engine, enabling organizations to spin up networks within minutes.Pertino a year ago came out of stealth mode with a limited release of its namesake cloud-based networking technology that enables organizations to spin up secure networks over the Internet and manage them through a single interface. After a year in beta, the company's Cloud Network Engine is now generally available. The technology leverages cloud computing, virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) to enable small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to gain access to enterprise-class networking capabilities, according to Todd Krautkremer, vice president of marketing and sales at Pertino. It comes at a time of increased worker mobility and the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD), with remote and mobile employees demanding access to the corporate network and data from anywhere and any device. With Pertino's Cloud Network Engine, businesses can skip the complexity and cost associated with hardware-based virtual private networks (VPNs) and instead use the Pertino technology to create a cloud-based network that's easily accessible and secure. Through the network, users can access cloud-based documents and files. "That's the cool thing about Pertino," Krautkremer told eWEEK. "If your system is on, it's connected to the network."
Other vendors also are looking at the cloud for delivering network services. Aryaka offers a cloud-based networking service that is delivered via what officials call a network of distributed points of presence (POPs) that are connected with a dedicated private core network. For its part, Cisco Systems in 2012 spent $1.2 billion to buy Meraki, which offered a range of network capabilities—such as WiFi, switch and mobile device management—that is managed from the cloud. Like Pertino, Meraki focused its efforts on the SMB space.