InSpeed Networks Announces Global Expansion of Data Centers

Palo Alto, California, October 23, 2018 – InSpeed Networks, the technology leader in SD-WAN solutions for improving network performance, visibility and security announced today they have expanded their data center coverage to include global sites in Europe (London, Frankfurt and Paris) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Mumbai). They will be adding data centers in Australia, the Philippines and Malaysia in 2019.

The expansion enhances InSpeed’s ability to better serve customers beyond their existing North American data centers in California, Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and Quebec, by maximizing performance and reducing the risk of downtime.

InSpeed selected hardened facilities with the highest levels of physical and logical security controls, that are geopolitically stable, have nearby Internet backbone connections and that have on-site IT resources and talent. In the remote chance of a data center becoming unavailable, redirecting customers’ network traffic to an alternate site is an option.

“Each of these global data centers brings the InSpeed cloud closer to customers, improving performance by minimizing the latency created when data travels long distances,” said Michael Mansouri, Chairman and CEO of InSpeed Networks. “Also, we chose sites that are geographically diverse and less prone to natural disaster to reduce the risk that a catastrophic event will cause downtime for customers.”

Each data center that InSpeed utilizes holds certifications/attestations such as: ISO 27001, SOC 1, and SOC2 to provide third party verified assurance that they protect customer data and end user privacy as required by HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, and United States state privacy laws.

The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also played a role in InSpeed’s choice of data center facilities as well. “We take security very seriously—InSpeed Quality Service was built with integrated security,” said Ed Basart, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of InSpeed Networks. “The GDPR imposes strict requirements for the security and privacy of the personal data of EU citizens and favors the location of that data within the EU, so we made sure that the security at every site has been certified by independent assessors.”

 

About InSpeed Networks

InSpeed Networks, incorporated in April, 2015 by ShoreTel (SHOR) co-founder Ed Basart, delivers a simple, yet powerful SD-WAN solution specifically designed to address the service quality, performance and security demands of Voice over IP, videoconferencing and distributed business applications. The company’s technology leading SD-WAN solution ensures application network performance, security and visibility while reducing network bandwidth costs by up to 75%. For more information, visit www.inspeednetworks.com.

WHY SD-WAN REQUIRES STRONG, INTEGRATED SECURITY

When software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology first entered the market, it was primarily touted as means of reducing data transport costs, facilitating branch office connectivity and centralizing WAN management.

But it’s virtually impossible to separate network functionality from security. The WAN needs strong protection against Internet-borne threats, particularly when branch locations have direct Internet connectivity.

That’s why it’s critical to integrate strong security into the SD-WAN. In particular, the SD-WAN needs firewall functionality in order to inspect packets traveling across the network and either block or allow them based upon ports, protocols, IP addresses and other rules. This helps ensure that the traffic coming into the network is an appropriate response to an outbound request.

However, most SD-WAN products were not designed with security in mind. That means organizations must implement a third-party firewall or secure web gateway to protect the WAN. Problem is, you have to purchase, administer and support an additional appliance at each branch location. This increases cost, complexity and IT operational headaches.

With InSpeed’s SD-WAN solution, the local Internet connection is protected from external attack with firewall mechanisms based upon security best practices. Stateful packet filtering is performed both at the WAN interface on the InSpeed onsite appliance and in the InSpeed Quality Service (IQS) cloud instance. InSpeed also performs network address translation (NAT) at the IQS cloud instance, and provides local port forwarding with NAT.

In addition to prioritizing Interactive application traffic, IQS ensures that enterprise security policies are enforced over every WAN connection. InSpeed also provides DNS management, DHCP server and relay functionality, and load balancing and failover across multiple WAN links. InSpeed also helps ensure strong authentication and authorization for access to IQS configurations. Operational access to production infrastructure uses public key cryptography. Complex passwords are required for InSpeed portal accounts. and multifactor authentication can be used for privileged access.

IQS protects sensitive data through end-to-end encryption of all WAN traffic. It automatically establishes a secure VPN tunnel between the onsite appliance and the IQS cloud instance, creating a private network mesh connecting all locations.

The IQS cloud instance is located in a hardened data center with the highest levels of security. The IQS platform and third-party software components are continuously monitored for vulnerabilities and updated aggressively based upon risk.

In a recent research note, Gartner recommend that organizations use cloud-based Security-as-a-Service solutions to relieve some of the complexities and management headaches associated with securing direct Internet connections in remote locations. Because InSpeed is so simple to use and cost-efficient, it can be implemented in small offices and home offices. All sites can be managed from one centralized portal.

While SD-WAN facilitates the use of lower-cost connectivity, it also exposes remote offices and workers to Internet-borne threats. Because it’s difficult to manage multiple security appliances across branch locations, SD-WAN solutions should incorporate strong security. InSpeed Quality Service provides firewall functionality, strong authentication, encryption and other security features to reduce risk without operational complexity.

InSpeed Quality Service is Ideal for Companies that Need a Next-Gen SD-WAN Solution for Addressing Security Issues

Palo Alto, California, October 4, 2018 – InSpeed Networks, the technology leader in SD-WAN solutions for improving network performance, visibility and security announced today that InSpeed Quality Service (IQS) is ideal for companies that need a next generation SD-WAN solution that addresses security issues more efficiently and cost-effectively.

InSpeed Networks has been delivering improved performance and quality for interactive applications such as voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing for several years, but customers are finding that security issues with SD-WAN are equally important. Most SD-WAN products are not designed with integrated security, which means customers have to purchase, administer and support a third-party firewall or secure web gateway at each branch location. This can be expensive and require additional time and resources to manage.

“Every company, large and small, has been affected by a security attack of some kind—cybersecurity isn’t exactly a new phenomenon,” said Ed Basart, Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of InSpeed Networks. “But when it comes to SD-WAN, it’s critical that companies understand what problems they are trying to solve and how to solve them. That’s why we designed IQS with integrated security, because we knew it would be an important factor in customers’ ability to protect their entire operation, including remote locations and branch offices. We’re the only SD-WAN solution built from the ground up with this level of security.”

Basart’s vision has proven to be true, and InSpeed has hundreds of customers and thousands of users.

InSpeed Customers Value Integrated Security

“InSpeed has been very focused on security right from the start,” said InSpeed partner Jeff Andrews, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of IPC Technologies. “Our customers include medical offices, legal firms and financial institutions, and confidentiality is a top priority for them. InSpeed not only improves the quality and reliability of their voice and video, but gives them a secure environment that never fails.”

“IQS makes it easy for us to deploy security to customers’ satellite offices and for remote workers,” said InSpeed partner Scott Hobbes, President of ComTech Systems, Inc. “With customers like a fast-growing HVAC company, we not only improved the capabilities of Comcast (their provider circuit) but are deploying multiple failovers beyond just the cellular circuit they have. Another client of ours is an OB-GYN with five locations. With InSpeed, we secured the incoming connections to each of their offices, between those offices, and provided a layer of failover—all while drastically reducing their monthly bill.”

When it comes to SD-WAN, there are four types of security problems businesses need to address:

  • External attacks: Hardened edge, addressed by classic firewall functionality
  • Stolen data: Encryption, intra-enterprise VPN
  • Internal attacks: Anti-virus, worms addressed by FW-NG
  • Bad behavior: Intentional and/or malicious attacks

How InSpeed Quality Service Security Works

The InSpeed Network Appliance runs all enterprise traffic (internal, site-to-site) through a full VPN end-to-end encrypted connection. This is automatically enabled without costly and complicated equipment or software. The local Internet connection is protected from external attack with best practices firewall security mechanisms.

InSpeed Quality Service includes:

  • An enterprise wide Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect company data as it travels over the Internet
  • Same level of security as a private site-to-site network mesh
  • Added security of dedicated networks
  • Standard “best practices” firewall security services included to automatically protect remote offices’ Internet connections from attacks

InSpeed will be showcasing their solution at Channel Partners Evolution on October 10-12, 2018 at booth #1045. InSpeed’s Chief Strategy Officer and Founder Ed Basart will be available for interviews and to talk about where security and SD-WAN is headed.

For more information or to schedule an interview at Channel Partners Evolution, contact Ellen Pensky at epensky@inspeed.net or 925.699.7921.

 

About InSpeed Networks

InSpeed Networks, incorporated in April, 2015 by ShoreTel (SHOR) co-founder Ed Basart, delivers a simple, yet powerful SD-WAN solution specifically designed to address the service quality, performance and security demands of Voice over IP, videoconferencing and distributed business applications. The company’s technology leading SD-WAN solution ensures application network performance, security and visibility while reducing network bandwidth costs by up to 75%. For more information, visit www.inspeednetworks.com.

 

HOW SD-WAN CAN HELP ENHANCE CYBERSECURITY

Traditional security architectures focused primarily on protecting the network perimeter. Firewalls and other devices were used to create a defensive barrier between an organization’s secure internal network and the open Internet. While perimeter security is still critical it no longer provides adequate protection. The cloud, mobile and an increasingly distributed IT environment have created a “perimeter” that is porous and ill-defined.

Security risks have also increased due to shifts in wide-area network (WAN) connectivity. In the past, organizations would connect branch offices to headquarters using dedicated private lines or multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) services. Branch locations typically did not connect directly to the Internet. Instead, Internet traffic was backhauled over the WAN through headquarters, which had more robust defenses.

MPLS is reliable and secure but also extremely expensive. In addition, it’s not well-suited to today’s network traffic patterns, which emphasize Internet services, cloud-based applications and communication tools such as voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing. Backhauling Internet traffic creates latency that impacts the user experience. Direct local access to the Internet provides a better user experience at a much lower cost. However, the Internet is not reliable or secure.

The need to connect branch locations directly to the Internet is one of many factors driving the adoption of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). SD-WAN makes it possible to mix multiple data transport services, including broadband Internet, to create a hybrid WAN. The “software-defined” component is a communications overlay and policy-based automation that selects the best path for WAN traffic based upon network conditions and application requirements. This helps to overcome the inherent unreliability of the Internet, enabling organizations to reduce WAN expenses significantly by taking advantage of more cost-efficient bandwidth.

But what about security? Doesn’t a direct Internet connection amplify security risks? Yes, but the right SD-WAN can help to enhance security across the distributed IT environment. Best-in-class SD-WAN solutions use standards-based authentication and encryption to protect data traveling over the Internet.

Security is a core component of InSpeed’s SD-WAN solution. InSpeed Quality Service (IQS) is a cloud-based controller that prioritizes network traffic, manages bandwidth and ensures that business policies are enforced over any connection. The InSpeed cloud instance is located in a hardened data center with the highest levels of security.

A small on-premises network appliance is installed in-line with a site’s WAN connections, sending all traffic over a secure VPN tunnel to the InSpeed cloud. Robust, end-to-end encryption gives added security to enterprise WAN traffic.

IQS makes it easy to set up a secure, private, site-to-site network mesh using broadband Internet connections. It provides the same level of security and reliability as a carrier circuit along with the Quality of Service (QoS) features that InSpeed is known for, as well as the critical components of a firewall that protect against external attacks—all included in our standard product. In addition, InSpeed minimizes the security risks associated with remote workers connecting to the corporate network. By integrating the remote user into the corporate WAN mesh, InSpeed secures the connection from a small office/home office to headquarters without the need for complex firewall configuration and management.

Firewalls and other perimeter defenses are still key elements of a layered security approach. However, cloud connectivity and the distributed nature of today’s IT environment means that data is traversing the Internet as well as private networks. IQS helps to protect that data while ensuring a high-quality user experience.

How SD-WAN Can Enhance Cybersecurity

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SD-WAN creates an encrypted “tunnel,” or virtual private network (VPN), to protect data as it’s transmitted across the public Internet. It does this seamlessly, without the performance and availability limitations of traditional VPNs. SD-WAN also makes it easy to set up site-to-site VPNs in a mesh topology.

All of this is managed by a centralized controller that makes policy-based routing decisions in real time. This makes it possible to segment the WAN from end to end—an enormously complex proposition with legacy WAN architectures—and enforce security policies based on the nature of the traffic.

InSpeed’s SD-WAN solution delivers state-of-the-art security across all of your WAN connections, and is even simple enough for your employees who work from home. And because InSpeed was designed for voice, video conferencing and other interactive applications, you’re assured of high-quality, secure business communications over any connection, every time. No complex configurations, policy definitions or management headaches.

But don’t take our word for it, give InSpeed a call or an email to set up a free trial.