Window on WANs

May 23 2011   2:20PM GMT

Ipanema Technologies storms cloud computing market

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At Interop Las Vegas 2011, just about every WAN optimization vendor that didn’t already have a cloud computing strategy developed one this month to improve SaaS performance with cloud WAN optimization—ranging from Riverbed’s cloud performance partnership with Akamai to Silver Peak Systems’ integration with EMC VPLEX Geo for private cloud computing.

Ipanema TechnologiesJoining the virtual WAN optimization appliance roundup is WAN optimization vendor Ipanema Technologies. The vendor announced its “Cloud Ready Networks vision” consisting of new products and partnerships. What makes Ipanema’s solution unique in the industry is its claim to superior network visibility and WAN governance that can now be applied to cloud environments.

“We guarantee the performance of the applications you’re running in your anything-as-a-service environment across your wide area network,” says Ipanama Technologies Product Manager Mark Burton.

“[Because] we’re able to guarantee the performance, we’re then able to provide SLAs for these critical business applications—for the ERP, for the CRM—while still guaranteeing the performance of the applications that are in the Internet…which is a fairly unique offering that we feel we are uniquely positioned in the market to deliver,” he said.

Ipanema Technologies’ cloud-ready products include the following:

  • Ipanema’s ANS 7.0 is the upgraded software that runs on top of its ip|engine products: Ipanema’s latest Autonomic Networking System (ANS) edition can identify specific SaaS traffic—like that of Google Apps, Office 365 and Salesforce—and differentiate this from normal Web traffic. The upgrade also improves on hybrid network unification allowing companies to use multiple network combinations like dual MPLS or service providers. ANS 7.0 is available today.
  • Ipanema’s virtual ip|engine appliance: This is a software image that can be uploaded into an anything-as-a-service environment or into a private virtual data center. This removes the requirement for a hardware device to get Ipanama’s WAN governance, although it won’t be available until the end of this June.
  • Two new hardware devices: A low-end ip|engine 20 delivers 20 Mbps bi-directional throughput and an even lower-end ip|engine nano-appliance does 8 Mbps. Both will launch in September.*

Burton explains the reasons for Ipanema’s move to the cloud: 

We’ve been talking about ‘WAN governance’ for a long time at Ipanema—getting full optimization and control over all your applications across your global network. WAN governance doesn’t change as an approach just because you move to the cloud. In fact, it becomes more important, because when you’ve got cloud-based applications, you still need to be able to discover, understand and communicate your clear key performance indicators to get the information about application performance. You must be able to control and dynamically optimize your public or private applications regardless of whether they’re flowing over the Internet or the traditional VPN.

The guaranteed performance, the application SLA associated with those applications doesn’t change, whether they’re hosted in a service provider’s data center, in Amazon’s EC2 or even your own corporate data center—you still need to be able to guarantee those application SLAs. And of course you need to take advantage of the cost benefit that comes from hybrid networks used in your traditional MPLS VPN and make better use of your Internet connectivity. The whole approach needs to encompass all of your users wherever they happen to be, to provide the flexibility and agility that the enterprise really requires in a dynamic business environment.

*Editor’s note: The devices launched in October and were renamed the nano|engine 2 and nano|engine 5. Read more about Ipanema Technologies nano|engine product line in this post.

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