NetFoundry engages SA partners for business growth

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Phillip Griffiths, head of EMEA partnerships at NetFoundry.
Phillip Griffiths, head of EMEA partnerships at NetFoundry.

Software-defined networking company NetFoundry is engaging potential South African partners to provide local customers with its fully managed network platform-as-a-service offerings.

The Tata Communications-owned US company says it enables businesses to simply, securely and cost-effectively connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, offering its platform as a fully managed software-as-a-service. It enables customers to easily manage app connections, without requiring virtual private networks, private circuits or additional hardware.

Speaking to ITWeb on the side-lines of the NetEvents EMEA IT Spotlight conference in Barcelona, Spain, Phillip Griffiths, head of EMEA partnerships at NetFoundry outlined the company's plans to help local firms build their own WAN through optimising application delivery of cloud and Internet of things (IOT) services.

"NetFoundry will be doing a roadshow in SA next week, where we will be engaging both customers and potential partners in Johannesburg on 13 May and in Cape Town on 15 May, where we will be introducing our services and product offerings.

"We have been engaging local telecoms companies, IOT providers and managed service providers to partner with us, in efforts to provide South African companies with the ability to connect easily to cloud and IOT in a highly secure way," noted Griffiths.

NetFoundry is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Bangalore and Singapore.

Its global partners include SAP, IBM, Oracle and AWS, and its local presence is through its mother company Tata Communications, which is part of the Tata Group.

Last year, the company announced a partnership with Microsoft, to ensure simple, integrated provisioning between Azure Virtual WAN and NetFoundry AppWANs, to provide enterprise-grade security, improve performance and simplify network management.

"What organisations want is the ability to move toward being cloud native, to bring in a more agile way of working. But they can't do that with a traditional approach, as many have completely different technology stacks, with much complexity.

"The opening up of Microsoft data centres in SA will provide organisations the ability to have local hosting of applications while building highly secure connectivity into the Azure environment. We help them create that seamless migration, abstracting complexity and automating setting up," continues Griffiths.

NetFoundry recently ran roadshows in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Turkey, with Cairo on the cards for later this month.

"Companies are always looking at how they can leapfrog legacy technologies to move to the cloud without hindrances. Partnerships and API integrations between anything-as-service platforms and NetFoundry will enable end-to-end, application-specific networking."

Yesterday, the software-defined company announced an upgrade to its platform which will enable its cloud-native software solution to be deployed on virtually any device, using APIs.

"The upgrade to the NetFoundry product means it will now work on Android, IOT gateways, as well as containers (such as a Docker pod or sidecar) as well as a plug-in for container network interfaces. This enables businesses to deploy universal service meshes that connect cloud-native deployments to traditional virtual machine-based deployments, as well as edge and IOT, making mesh application services architecture simple for all businesses," concludes Griffiths.

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