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Cradlepoint acquires virtual overlay company Pertino

ICYMI: Cradlepoint acquires SDN vendor Pertino, a new SD-WAN company boasts more than 40 customer deployments and ONOS releases a new version of its open controller platform.

Cradlepoint, a Boise-based 4G LTE provider, has purchased network virtualization company Pertino. Cradlepoint says it plans to use Pertino's virtual overlay technology and cloud platform to augment its own software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities.

Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern said in a statement that customers are looking for increasingly scalable, secure and agile wide area network (WAN) connectivity and that Pertino's virtual overlay technology will help the company meet that expectation. The demand for SD-WAN comes as enterprises face the challenge of connecting a rapidly growing number of geographically dispersed users and devices.

Cloud, mobile and IoT technologies continue to spur the need for SDN. Toward that end, Cradlepoint said that combining 4G LTE and virtual overlay networks will provide customers with more bandwidth and lower costs, while ensuring ubiquitous connectivity.  

New SD-WAN vendor claims dozens of customer deployments

Less than a month after emerging from stealth mode, SD-WAN vendor Versa Networks said more than 40 enterprises have deployed its WAN management software. The company didn't disclose the identity of its customers, but said the total includes both service providers and Fortune 500 companies. Versa added that it has seen particular interest from Tier 1 service providers.

The company said it anticipates strong growth in the SD-WAN market in 2016, citing a Gartner Inc. report predicting that by 2020, 30% of enterprises will use SD-WAN technology in all of their branch offices. Today, fewer than 1% of companies use SD-WAN, Gartner said.

Versa, like a growing number of SD-WAN vendors, uses a virtual network overlay to create what it contends is a more agile, less expensive WAN. The company's platform also provides users with service chaining capabilities, allowing them to add a variety of virtual network functions.

ONOS releases 'Emu'

The Open Network Operating System (ONOS) project released the latest version of the ONOS platform, called Emu, on Dec. 3. According to the Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab), Emu boasts OpenStack and OPNFV support, adaptive flow monitoring capabilities and other new developments and features. The release also advances the concept of Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter (CORD) -- a field trial with AT&T will take place in 2016.

The ON.Lab launched the ONOS project in 2014 and has released five updates in the past year. The group said its quarterly software updates reflect the group's commitment to develop a viable open source SDN controller.

Recently, ON.Lab made ONOS part of the Linux Foundation, where it joined competing SDN controller project OpenDaylight (ODL). The move prompted speculation that ONOS and ODL might ultimately collaborate.

Read the full news release on Emu here.

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What most appeals to you about combining 4G LTE and virtual overlay technology?
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For me, the most appealing thing is the scalability to handle a spike in the number of users on the network.
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