India-based SD-WAN provider Lavelle Networks launched an SD-WAN software appliance that sits inside a native Microsoft Windows environment. The new offering enables enterprise customers to use Lavelle Networks’ SD-WAN in an NFV container in a native Windows environment (for example, a laptop computer).
Lavelle Networks’ networking service is built on an SDN architecture, enabling customers, locations, and cloud applications to all connect to its SD-WAN orchestrator. It also provides its users with network convergence algorithms. The orchestrator, CloudStation, enables users to control policies, virtual private networks (VPN), security, and network monitoring.
Its SD-WAN is offered as both a software appliance and as a hardware appliance. Both options have access to the orchestrator and its functionalities.
Now, its customers that are using native Windows environments can leverage Lavelle Networks’ SD-WAN software. Microsoft Windows platforms are often used in retail, healthcare, and telemedicine customer touchpoints. For example, Windows might be used in point of sale terminals or for telemedicine platforms. The new SD-WAN offering enables these users to connect their locations to the cloud without a hardware appliance.
Additional features of this offering include dynamic multi-pathing, network segmentation, security, centralized policy enforcement across the WAN, intelligent routing, and LAN management.
Lavelle Networks was founded in 2015 by Karthik Madhava, now VP of product management, Shyamal Kumar, now CEO, and Vishal Khare, now VP of sales. Since then, the Indian provider has raised $1.7 million in two funding rounds. Lavelle Networks launched its flagship technology in June.
The cloud-controlled SD-WAN technology, ScaleAOn – Private Networks, allows users to connect to public and private clouds, change traffic direction, and enforce policies.
While SD-WAN is growing and generating buzz everywhere, Kumar wrote in a recent SDxCentral contributed article that something even more dramatic is happening in India. According to Kumar, technologies in India often are leapfrogged by an advanced technology in application areas where the immediate prior technology for that application has not been adopted. “Even before MPLS gets a decent foothold in India, SD-WAN will take the lead of providing affordable, reliable, and dynamic connectivity that will render MPLS obsolete,” he wrote.
He continued that the drivers behind SD-WAN in India are the digital transformations of businesses, a cloud-first model, the deregulation of telecommunications, and the growth of broadband in the country.