As enterprises have fragmented into multi-site operations with increasingly mobile employees who entrance on-premises and cloud-based resources around a brew of managed and personal devices, so a headaches for CIOs and CISOs have multiplied. How do we give users entrance to a applications and services they need to get work done, while also ensuring that network confidence is not compromised?
An increasingly renouned proceed is a software-defined perimeter (SDP), that Gartner predicts is on lane to be adopted by 60 percent of enterprises by 2021, replacing network VPNs. This space now has a new entrant, in a figure of Tel Aviv-based startup Meta Networks, that has emerged from secrecy mode with $10 million of seed appropriation from VC firms Vertex Ventures and BRM Group.
Central to a SDP indication is a military-style ‘zero-trust’ proceed centred around device authentication, identity-based entrance and boldly provisioned connectivity, with per-user policies defining a network resources that can be accessed.
Meta Networks’ network-as-a-service platform, Meta NaaS, replaces mixed site-centric VPNs with a user-centric resolution that offers always-on network confidence and arguable connectivity around a cloud-native tellurian backbone. The fortitude now has around 30 points-of-presence (PoPs) — a series that a association says can grow fast in response to patron demand.
Founded in 2016 by CEO Etay Bogner (previous ventures Stratoscale, Neocleus and SofaWare), Shmulik Ladkani (Chief Architect) and Alon Horowitz (VP RD), Meta Networks implements a zero-trust indication around identity-based routine routing and packet-level temperament corroboration — patent-pending technologies that, a association says, are “essential for ensuring confidence and scale in a user-centric tellurian network.”
There are dual ways to bond to a Meta NaaS platform: employees with managed inclination can use an always-on IPSec VPN customer (which also protects internet traffic), while employees with personal inclination can entrance a limited set of network resources around a browser. The latter routine is also endorsed for third parties such as contractors and partners — who are mostly targeted by cybercriminals as a track into corporate networks. In both cases, policies conclude a applications and network resources that users can access.
Co-founder and arch designer Shmulik Ladkani told ZDNet: “For example, we can say: Shmulik is a member of a RD team, so he can entrance whatever resources or deployments in a cloud that a classification has. But Amy, as partial of a selling team, can entrance a opposite set of corporate applications that are deployed elsewhere. The whole thought is, it’s software-defined and no longer formed on a plcae of a users or a assets; it’s formed on a temperament of a users or a devices.”
“You have one government that allows we to control a policies, a network topology, a entrance rights. You can see a whole entrance logs — who has accessed that resources in that time — no matter where a user was located. You can see them in one place, with all programmable and accessible by a APIs,” Ladkani added.
The internet confidence smoke-stack employed by Meta NaaS is open and interoperable: stream partners are Symantec and Cyren, with some-more on a way; business can also ‘bring their own’ confidence smoke-stack if need be. Another large advantage for CIOs is a ability, interjection to a full set of APIs, to bond adult cloud services to Meta NaaS rather than carrying to implement and configure VPNs for any cloud instance. Meta NaaS also simplifies a onboarding of remote branches to a association network around a lightweight MetaPort practical apparatus or proceed user connection. This proceed is easier and some-more cost-effective than regulating dedicated SD-WAN bend appliances and MPLS links, says a company.
Meta Networks is targeting medium-sized enterprises with poignant numbers of mobile employees, that are in a routine of cloud migration. Customers are now in “double digit” numbers, according to arch selling officer Amy Ariel, and embody MyHeritage, Dynamic Yield, Infinidat, Arctiq Intelligent Architecture and Datorama. Ultimately, Meta NaaS will be sole around resellers, integrators and MSSPs, though for a impulse Meta Networks is regulating a proceed sales approach.
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