NetFoundry was named the first cloud-orchestrated networking provider to be selected by Microsoft as a certified partner in the Microsoft Network Partner Program (NPP) for Office 365. The Microsoft announcement was made at Microsoft Ignite and stated that NetFoundry delivers Office 365 networking “in a way that minimizes latency and maximizes performance and reliability of enterprise connectivity on Office 365 user experience”. According to Microsoft, “the most significant factor that determines the quality of the Office 365 end user experience is network reliability.”
Only a very select group of partners were selected by Microsoft. In fact, only four other partners, globally, were announced as Office 365 Preferred Networking Partners. The others are very large, long-time Microsoft partners (Citrix, Silverpeak and NTT and Zscaler). The first three require businesses to implement large SD-WAN solutions, including deploying the necessary infrastructure, whereas NetFoundry’s solution is delivered as software-only, NaaS, Zero Trust networking, plugging into any WAN.
According to Microsoft, all 5 of the selected partners “have met Microsoft’s testing requirements” and “support a high-quality end user experience.” Microsoft also stated that Cisco, Oracle and Riverbed are in the midst of trying to get qualified.
NetFoundry’s O365 networking optimization solution is the only one of the 5 Preferred Partners to both enable the lowest latency Office 365 networking (no trombone through cloud infrastructure), and not require a specific SD-WAN solution, instead functioning as software-only NaaS, on top of any WAN. The same NetFoundry Platform used for O365 optimization also enables Zero Trust, private Azure connectivity, and has both NaaS and Developer Platform options.
Galeal Zino, CEO of NetFoundry, stated “We are excited to be the first Zero Trust, NaaS provider to be a certified partner in the Microsoft Network Partner Program for Office 365. We are ‘the easy button’ for optimized O365 because our solution enables businesses to optimize O365, without implementing an SD-WAN solution or deploying hardware, while securing business sites with our Zero Trust solution, and without needing to send the data through third-party infrastructure. We offer the flexibility of both NaaS services and the NetFoundry Developer Platform, and the same cloud-orchestrated solution also connects Azure and Azure Stack workloads.”
NetFoundry enables applications to get zero trust security and high performance over the Internet. NetFoundry’s NaaS services provide on-demand, software-only, cloud-orchestrated connectivity. NetFoundry’s Developer Platform enables ISVs and solution providers to embed private networking inside their applications, eliminating VPN and MPLS infrastructure and dependencies, and enabling their applications to be private, secure and performant no matter where they go. NetFoundry Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.