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NetFoundry’s platform and NaaS is enabling our CSP, MSP, SI, SP and application developer partners to offer innovative work from anywhere solutions – solutions which replace VPNs with simpler, better performing and more secure zero trust network access (ZTNA) solutions.

Some of the world’s leading providers have announced partnerships with NetFoundry for zero trust work from anywhere including ETEK, Tata Communications Secure Connected Digital Workplace, Radius Cloud Express, AGT Networks and DTAC (Telenor) Smart Connect.  Meanwhile, developers like Enlume use our zero trust networking SDKs to embed zero trust into applications such as point of sale (POS), so that the app is secure anywhere it goes.

If you are an innovator, wishing to offer zero trust work from anywhere solutions to your customers, contact us to schedule a briefing of demo.  Or try it for yourself – our free 7-day trial (no credit card required) will have you up and running in minutes.

The turnkey solution for Zero Trust Networking Access (ZTNA)

In the words of Praveen Sengar, CEO of ETEK:

ETEK’s team responded quickly to our client’s urgent remote working needs and deployed VPN solutions for 40+ clients with a cloud-based, zero trust, NetFoundry SASE solution. We did 5+ POC and enabled 2000 users to work from home, across 2 large Conglomerates in 3 days. 

ZTNA is awesome – once in place, IT has a simpler, more secure, better performing work from anywhere solution.  But of course it takes time to adopt zero trust networking.  For example, Google took a couple of years to replace all their VPNs with ZTNA.  NetFoundry partners however offer zero trust networking as a turnkey, platform-based NaaS solution, so that businesses can get started today, while being able to easily extend and customize tomorrow.  Because the NetFoundry solution is a cloud orchestrated platform, built to be integrated with leading partner solutions, partners are able to provide businesses with zero trust networking replacements for VPNs in days, as Praveen described above.

Why is Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) simpler and more secure?

Yes, ZTNA sounds like another hollow marketing term.  In reality, it is a tidal wave.  It is also simpler than it sounds.

If you were a device on a traditional network, you were trusted.  Once you connected the Internet to your network, your network was effectively initially trusting 7 billion devices.  This mean that IT was stuck with the cost and complexity of enacting thousands of firewall rules, inspection techniques and complex configurations to try to identify, quarantine or block threats.

Zero trust reverses the model: rather than implicitly trust 7 billion devices, trust zero.  Zero devices, zero networks, zero applications.  If a user wants to access an app, then zero trust network access (ZTNA) will connect that session if that session is securely identified, authenticated and authorized.  That same ZTNA solution which is replacing your VPNs will work just fine when workers are back in the office – it is designed to be secure and performant anywhere – which is critical since the next normal doesn’t have any borders.

Zero trust network access, with performance

A commonality of true zero trust solutions is they are secure by design and don’t depend on devices like firewalls or SD-WAN CPE to form a secure perimeter (yes, be wary when a SD-WAN or firewall vendor now tries to sell you a “zero trust” solution when previously they were trying to tell you their SD-WANs and firewalls were secure).  NetFoundry was purpose built to enable partners to offer innovative zero trust solutions.

Likewise, NetFoundry was built for high performance networking.  Often, 2x to 10x better performance than VPN or SD-WAN.  Let’s face it – security without performance is insecurity.  For example how often do you try not to be on your VPN?  This is why NetFoundry is 1 of 7 preferred partners of Microsoft 365 for performance optimized networking.

This combination of simplicity, security and performance is so unique that if you take the intersection of Gartner’s most recent security overview (‘2020 Market Guide on Zero Trust Network Access’ ) and Gartner’s most recent report on Internet optimized cloud app performance (‘How to Interconnect With Azure, AWS and Google Backbones’), then you will find NetFoundry is only 1 of 2 vendors cited on both reports.  Of those, NetFoundry is the only one with a platform which partners use to enable innovative work from anywhere solutions for their business customers.

From edge to cloud to…your living room

NetFoundry’s platform and NaaS historically enabled our CSP, MSP, SI, SP and application developer partners to offer innovative IoT, edge, cloud, and B2B solutions.   Not work from home or work from anywhere.

However, because we took a platform approach to enable partners to provide cloud orchestrated, zero trust, high performance networking over any Internet connection, it was relatively simple for NetFoundry to react to COVID-19 by developing work from anywhere solutions for our partners.  In a few short but productive months, leading partners quickly leveraged the NetFoundry platform to enable a simple, secure, high performance work from anywhere solution.

If you are an innovator, wishing to offer zero trust work from anywhere solutions to your customers, contact us to schedule a briefing of demo.  Or try it for yourself – our free 7-day trial (no credit card required) will have you up and running in minutes.