SoftBank partners with Cradlepoint to deliver cloud-based WAN service

SoftBank Corp. has partnered on Tuesday with cloud-based network vendor Cradlepoint to commercially make available WhiteCloud OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud (OneLayer), a cloud-based WAN service that utilizes Cradlepoint’s SDN and network service virtualization technology.

With OneLayer on Cradlepoint NetCloud, users can build a global WAN in the cloud without hardware; control access to specific business and cloud applications by user and device; provide protection against rogue devices with device-based network access control (NAC); contain security treats using micro-segmentation by user, device and application. It can also extend Active Directory to remote users anywhere and deliver easy to set security policy because identify all devices by e-mail address or host name.

OneLayer is a cloud-based overlay service that runs on the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform and utilizes its SDN/NFV technology. Unlike traditional site-to-site network solutions, OneLayer enables secure connectivity to corporate computing resources and public cloud applications from anywhere and any device with end-to-end policy control.

Enterprise ICT environments are embracing mobile, cloud and IoT technologies to drive business agility and transformation. This evolution requires always-on connectivity over the public Internet for distributed people, places and things, but with the visibility, security and control of a private network.

By installing client software on each device, OneLayer provides remote users with secure WAN connectivity over the Internet and a seamless office LAN experience. With OneLayer, a customer can build a secure overlay network in minutes without the complicated site-by-site configuration of traditional networks—dramatically reducing WAN cost and complexity. All policy control is simple to setup through a cloud-based administration console, and can be applied on a user, device and application basis.

Additionally, OneLayer works over any network operator’s infrastructure, so it can be deployed globally—making it ideal for large-scale M2M/IoT deployments. If a customer is already using a private network service like IP-VPN, SoftBank can deliver OneLayer in a hybrid solution with policy mapping that ensures flexible and scalable ICT environments.

“We share a history of innovation and leadership in our respective markets, so SoftBank is the ideal partner to collaborate with to bring the benefits of SDN/NFV technology to customers as a carrier service,” said George Mulhern, Chief Executive Officer of Cradlepoint.

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