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June 15, 2017
Aryaka, the SD-WAN startup with funding from Deutsche Telekom, among others, this week launched its clientless SD-WAN option for remote and mobile workers at the WAN Summit in San Jose, Calif.
The company is claiming the product, SmartACCESS, is the first clientless SD-WAN and first SD-WAN delivering software-defined remote access using a dynamic content delivery network and global SD-WAN technologies, but that information wasn't independently verified. The vendor focuses on the enterprise market and has more than 600 enterprise customer in 63 countries, including 15 that are using the SmartACCESS platform under early limited availability.
Aryaka has also attracted interest from the telecom sector, notably funding from the Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), as part of a Series D round. Several service providers have partnered with Aryaka including KDDI Corp. , SK Broadband , Internet Binat, among others telcos. (See SD-WAN Startup Aryaka Raises $45M From DT, Others.)
Now comes the remote access push.
"One area that is completely missing out is remote access," said Gary Sevounts, chief marketing officer for Aryaka, in an interview with Light Reading. "While the branch office, headquarters and cloud even have received a lot of attention, the remote access has not been software-defined. The challenge here is -- there's a very simple reason why -- all the SD-WAN providers require an appliance. In fact, a lot of them use an appliance at the edge, but you can't actually give an appliance to a remote access employee to lug around when they travel on the airplane."
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Aryaka aims to address the challenges international remote and mobile workers face with slow VPN access to internal/on-premises applications, frequent disconnects and slow access to cloud/SaaS applications. IT also faces challenges in accommodating the workforce such as lack of network visibility, in addition to security and compliance concerns.
SmartACCESS users can keep their existing VPN software, but reduce the number of VPN concentrators and lower VPN infrastructure costs, said Sevounts. The clientless SD-WAN technology utilizes intelligent DNS-based routing to redirect mobile and remote employees to the closest, best-performing POP. One global enterprise customer using SmartACCESS is Platform Specialty Products, a $3.6 billion company focused on chemical and agricultural manufacturing, which reduced the number of VPN concentrators from 50 to 4 globally, and has saved about $100,000 annually using the Aryaka technology.
Aryaka also said the platform improves security and visibility by utilizing Aryaka's Private Global Network of 28 POPs across six continents, instead of the public Internet, to enable security measures including end-to-end encryption, physical and access security, DDoS protection and network visibility through the MyArayaka web-based portal.
In January, Aryaka announced 100% year-over-year revenue growth for five consecutive quarters, and received $45 million in a Series D round of funding, including the new investment from DTCP, in addition to funding from existing investors. In total, Aryaka has taken in $120 million in funding. Aryaka is also targeting IPO for late 2018 or early 2019.
Aryaka also released their third edition of their State of the WAN report this May, which examined enterprise WAN trends based on data collected from more than 5,000 sites in 63 countries, and found that nearly 50% of enterprise traffic is comprised of cloud and SaaS traffic. WAN traffic in the manufacturing industry has increased significantly -- growth has increased from 296% in 2015 to 441% in 2016. In the financial services industry, bandwidth demand has increased from 111% in 2015 to 371% in 2016.
— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor, Upskill U
Senior Editor, Light Reading
Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.
Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.
Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.
Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.
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