Aryaka Adds Mobile SD-WAN to Network


By: R. Scott Raynovich

The software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) market is evolving quickly, with more than a dozen startups going after the need for better WAN and cloud connectivity. Aryaka, one of the leaders in the space -- but one of the few with its own private network -- continues to add features to its network-as-a-service (NAAS) model.

Today Aryaka announced SmartACCESS, a "clientless" SD-WAN action to help mobile users connect to its global network. Aryaka already offers a global private WAN with content delivery network (CDN) and SD-WAN, and SmartACCESS will extend those services to mobile users without the need for special software on the client side.

The company says the new service will speed up application performance and remote access for mobile users connecting from WiFi hotspots and other mobile connections. Some of the key functionality includes:

  • Private network connectivity, using a software overlay connecting over the company's private network of local points of presence (POPs)
  • WAN Optimization
  • Dynamic IP app acceleration including TCP Optimization.
  • SD-WAN services using DNS-based routing to connect users to the most efficient local POP
  • Load balancing
  • BYOD support for many devices and operating systems.

One of the main thrusts of Aryaka's SmartACCESS is to reduce the management overhead of businesses that are maintaining large virtual private network (VPN) infrastructure. For example, Aryaka says that VPN users will be able to reduce the number of concentrators, the networking devices required to connect users to the VPN, by using Aryaka's private network. The company claims that one customer, Platform Specialty Products (PSP) [NYSE: PAH], is saving $100,000 annually on VPN equipment and maintenance by using the service.

Aryaka's business case for SmartACCESS makes sense and its addition of mobility features makes it one of the more compelling NAAS services on the market. The service will help differentiate Aryaka from many of the SD-WAN hardware vendors as well as service providers, which are more focused on point hardware and software products for better routing and management, rather than offering a complete outsourced network. The NAAS approach appeals to information networking (IT) and network managers who want to outsource the network operations rather than build their own.