I came in asking for a software only SD-WAN solution and guess what, I got my wish! I think what Cloudgenix is doing is amazing and it is exactly what the industry needs in this space. In short they are fusing a cloud managed, application routed, encrypted overlay via a software router.
There is really a lot to digest here so if this topic interests you I encourage you to just watch the videos. There isn’t a lot of information out there on Cloudgenix outside of the NFD videos:
A few highlights on the solution:
- Provides dynamic, multi-path application level route control
- VXLAN over IPSec encapsulation of traffic
- ION Fabric: full mesh of endpoints built on top of your existing WAN
- Software routers (you can buy a generic x86 appliance from them if you would like)
- Horizontally scaleable up to multi-gig of encrypted traffic
The Cloudgenix solution also provides many of the add-on application features that WAN optimizer can provide such as FEC (Forward Error Correction) and SAS optimization. At the end of the day Velocloud and Cloudgenix deliver a very similar solution but the main differentiation is that Cloudgenix is focused on a pure software delivery model.
The demo that Cloudgenix presented at NFD9 was very similar to that of Velocloud but Cloudgenix was focused on showing the perspective of a network administrator looking at how the solution responds to WAN issues whereas Velocloud’s demo showed the impact from a user perspective.
All in all SD-WAN is an exciting topic and I am going to be very interested in watching the development of these solutions. In the mean time I leave you with this nice little info-graphic explaining why we all need SD-WAN: