NetFortris owns and manages an MPLS network, which it uses to deliver WAN services including voice-over-IP (VoIP) and security services from Fortinet.
The service provider decided that SD-WAN seemed like a natural complement its existing WAN services, said Steve Horgan, director of product development at NetFortris. The company also uses third-party broadband and wireless connectivity to supplement its MPLS.
Initially, NetFortris is selling the SD-WAN service to its existing customer base, which includes enterprises in vertical markets like retail, financial, and healthcare.
NetFortris is pulling all of VeloCloud’s network elements — cloud gateways and other virtual networks functions (VNFs) — into its own network. This allows the company to orchestrate all of the policies for its customers from its own network instead of relying on VeloCloud to do it. It also means that NetFortris will eventually be able to maintain Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance when using SD-WAN as the product continues to develop.
PCI is a standard that credit card organizations use to determine how viable a network is for running sensitive credit card information across. This is important for NetFortris’ enterprise and retail customers that will be using its SD-WAN.
While NetFortris’ security and VoIP services can interoperate with VeloCloud’s SD-WAN, the service provider hopes to eventually integrate these capabilities into the customer premises equipment (CPE) itself.
It’s worth mentioning that VeloCloud, along with other SD-WAN vendors, has made a push toward selling its product to service providers. The SD-WAN vendor has announced other service provider customers including GTT, Global Capacity, and Windstream.