Pertino Cloud Network Engine
Networking for the Cloud Era
Pertino believes the future of networking lies in software, virtualization, and the cloud. We call it cloud networking, and we believe it’s the most significant evolution in networking since the Internet.
The Pertino Cloud Network Engine is powered by our cloud network OS platform, which uses next generation networking technologies like overlay network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN). Our software platform is hosted in top tier data centers around the world, and leverages their massive computing power and redundant, multi-gigabit connections to the Internet backbone to ensure optimal network scale and performance. With our Cloud Network Engine, IT professionals can create fully switched, cloud-based virtual networks that combine the easy accessibility of the Internet with the end-to-end security and control of a private network.
Combining next gen cloud and network technology
Pertino’s cloud platform combines many of the same advanced cloud technologies used by mega-cloud providers like Netflix and Google, with next generation network virtualization and SDN. The result is an entirely new way to build and manage networks that provides the ‘anywhere access’ of the Internet with the security, visibility, and control of traditional enterprise-class networks.
Elastic cloud infrastructure:Our cloud network platform runs on off-the-shelf virtual machines (VMs) within multiple top tier data centers around the world. The platform spins VMs up and down based on the location of customers and flow of traffic at any moment in time. Think of it as a virtual LAN switch with unlimited ports and capacity. Within each data center, the VMs are attached to a high-speed network fabric connected to the Internet backbone on redundant, multi-gigabit trunks that span multiple carriers. Together, these VMs form a secure, optimized cloud network that overlay the core of Internet and ensure the best path from point A to point B. We combine the elastic and redundant nature of cloud computing with a multi-provider footprint to provide multiple levels of redundancy should any VM, data center, or cloud provider fail.
Network virtualization:The Pertino Cloud Network Engine lets customer create fully switched virtual networks in the cloud. This is enabled by Pertino’s multi-tenant network virtualization technology, which overlays data center routing infrastructure with a virtual LAN-like network with enhanced NVGRE encapsulation. Customer networks are fully isolated from one another—the associated address space is abstracted from the data center network and from the Internet, providing top security from address-based attacks.
Software-defined networking (SDN):SDN is the biggest thing to happen to networking since the Internet. Pertino’s Cloud Network Engine is built on SDN architecture that moves the network complexity into the cloud and allows virtual networks to be rapidly provisioned, migrated, scaled, and adapted for new services. SDN abstracts policy, people, device, service, and topology-related information from network elements and puts it into a centralized control plane—the oracle of the network. By separating the control plane (which translates policies into network programming) from the data plane (which manages data inspection, policy enforcement, service injection, and data forwarding), the process of building a network and adapting it to the needs of specific users and services is now simplified and in real-time.
Network service virtualization (NSV):Business networks are more than just connectivity. They incorporate a range of networks services, usually in the form of hardware appliances, that enhance the visibility, security, performance, and control of users and traffic. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is an industry movement to virtualize data center network appliances such as Application Delivery Controllers and firewalls, to reduce CAPEX and improve network flexibility in cloud computing environments. While NFV provides a framework for virtualizing data center functions, Pertino’s NSV approach is designed to virtualize traditional WAN edge and endpoint functions such as mobile VPN, URL filtering, malware detection, and device-level firewalls, and deliver them as cloud-based services on Pertino networks.
Real-time optimization and orchestration:Pertino’s cloud platform constantly monitors and optimizes the performance of the Cloud Network Engine service for maximize uptime and reliability. It starts with provisioning each customer’s virtual network in the selected data center that offers optimal performance based on proximity, latency, and other factors. When the Pertino control plane senses that a platform data plane isn’t operating efficiently or is nearing capacity, the advanced real-time orchestration either spins up a new one to replace it or increase capacity on the fly. Collectively, the distributed data planes within the Pertino cloud network platform act as a real-time sensor network, constantly measuring the uptime and performance of the underlying cloud data center infrastructure. If a platform element experiences any performance or availability issues, the affected virtual networks are automatically migrated to another zone, another data center, or even another cloud provider—instantly. Usually, without network users even knowing.
When hurricane Sandy ripped up the eastern seaboard, Pertino migrated platform elements from Virginia to Texas in minutes and out of harm’s way. Throughout the storm, Pertino customer networks were unaffected. If users had access to the Internet, they could access their Pertino cloud networks.
All of this network optimization is done automatically and is completely transparent to customers. IT professionals no longer need to worry about capacity or performance issues. With this level of reliability, MSPs can offer their customers much stronger and more competitive service level agreements.
Individually, each of these advanced cloud and network technologies helps make companies more agile when responding to changing business requirements, while driving down costs. Pertino is the first to combine them into a cloud-based network-as-a-service. This combination makes Pertino cloud networks dynamic, elastic, and resilient—able to adapt instantly to surges in traffic and capable of adding new network services with a just a few clicks.
New way to network, new opportunities
Pertino’s unique integration of SDN, NSV, and cloud technology enables IT professionals to build cloud networks to connect, secure, and manage people everywhere and resources anywhere—in minutes, without hardware or configuration. For MSPs and carriers, Pertino’s Cloud Network Engine
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