Light Reading

NetSocket Opens Arms to Virtual App Partners

Dan O'Shea

NetSocket this week announced the next step in its evolving Virtual Edge Networking strategy, creating a Virtual Partner Program for third-party application developers to help load up its vApps portfolio for NetSocket managed service provider partners serving the SMB market.

Virtual Partner Program applications must be qualified to run on virtual machines, and NetSocket will certify them for interoperability with its Virtual Edge Networking platform. The program aims help NetSocket augment its vApps portfolio, which the company unveiled last month with an initial roster of eight commercial and open source applications available via automated delivery to SMB customers through MSPs.

On the commercial side those initial applications included Genband Inc. 's QFlex session border controller, Fortinet Inc. 's Advanced security solution, and others, while the open source options included OpenVPN, the Snorby open source security solution, FreePBX, and the Pandora remote monitoring solution.

"MSPs don't like vendor lock-in anymore than anyone else does," NetSocket director of product management Dave Corley told Light Reading recently. "That's why our plan is to build an ecosystem of applications, both commercial and open source, for them to offer."

Why this matters
Starting its vApps strategy off with short list of both commercial and open source applications was a step in the right direction, but ultimately any catalog of SMB virtual machine applications needs to be much wider and deeper than eight. Creating the Virtual Partner Program is a step in the right direction to make vApps -- and the offerings of NetSocket's MSP partners -- more valuable to a market just beginning to virtualize.

With its virtual networking approach, NetSocket is taking on much larger edge network vendors like Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), among others. It has distinguished itself so far by offering a simple, comparatively inexpensive X.86-based virtual networking product family for the edge. The growing applications portfolio further enhances its chances, but the SDN/NFV era is still in its infancy, with big vendors still defining their strategies. NetSocket made another move this week grow its market opportunities, signing Chuanhow Tech in Taiwan as a partner to address Asia, but bigger challenges may still await it.

Related posts:

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Light Beer
7/16/2014 | 1:17:10 AM
Re: Library Growth Chances
Growth of this library is very important to Netsocket. The program is very light touch. All the tech partner needs to do is provide a description of the manual steps to install, activate and network provision their existing vurtualized applicaitons. O average, it takes a couple days for Netsocket engineers to automate these manual steps. That's part of the beauty of virtualiztion... all hypervisors have native scripting capabilities that allow automation of all of the above-mentioned functions. Two days and the application vendor benefits from no truck rolls, no separate appliance cost and continued, direct relationship with the the Managed Service Provider without a revenue sharing cut from Netsocket. Lower expenses, higher margins, lower product COGS and only two days and no deep API integration to get there.

We're looking for DLP vendors, IDS/IPS vendors, backup/restore vendors, WAN Optimization vendors and any other app that makes sense to be hosted at the edge of a csustomer's branch office.

User Rank: Light Sabre
7/13/2014 | 11:56:48 PM
Library Growth Chances
"...ultimately any catalog of SMB virtual machine applications needs to be much wider and deeper than eight."

I was thinking the same thing.  What do you think the chances are that they'll be able to grow that library?  I know it's still very early in the game but I wonder if there are special incentives to 3rd party developers so that library grows?
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Automate, Scale & Create With Juniper's vCPE Solution

10|1|15   |   6:34   |   (0) comments

Join Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks CTO, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading Founder and CEO, as they discuss Juniper Networks' approach to NFV showcased with a turnkey vCPE solution, which demonstrates how service providers can use automation to rapidly deploy services.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways

9|29|15   |   05:47   |   (5) comments

Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit in Europe

9|29|15   |   04:24   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Band of Women

9|28|15   |   4:36   |   (0) comments

Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

9|25|15   |   11:36   |   (0) comments

Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
It's All About That App

9|23|15   |   02:15   |   (2) comments

The long-range goal of service providers is to deliver app-specific network performance and that is showing up in technical developments today.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Verizon's Healthy Approach to WiC

9|22|15   |   2:30   |   (2) comments

If you think there are too few women in comms, you should see the healthcare industry. Nancy Green, Verizon's healthcare global lead, shares ideas on what we can do about it.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
UBBF 2015 Highlights

9|22|15   |     |   (0) comments

Drilling down deeper into the transformation process will provide network operators with a practical look at building new businesses around a digital virtualized network architecture, and lay out some of the transition steps required, particularly in the struggle to enable more dynamic and focused enterprise network services.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
ActiveVideo's Cloud Virtualization Technology

9|22|15   |   7:23   |   (0) comments

ActiveVideo's CMO, Murali Nemani, discusses how virtualized CPE functions can deliver applications from the cloud to various devices at home.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Communication service providers realize that an ICT transformation is critical to their long-term survival, but most haven't yet committed to making it happen.
Hot Topics
Are Sports Next for Netflix?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/28/2015
Google Gives Huawei a US Device Boost
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/29/2015
Verizon's Go90 Is Live – Will Anyone Watch?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/1/2015
Following the Bouncing Capex Ball
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/29/2015
Good News for NFV Interoperability
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/29/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
Hold My Calls, Indefinitely Click Here