Cloud-native networking gathers pace

Momentum continues to build in the cloud-native networking market following announcements by several major players in that space.


A new report from cloud-native security specialist CrowdStrike, produced by independent research firm StollzNow, has revealed that 44% of the global business leaders it surveyed said the pandemic has accelerated their move towards cloud solutions, and indicates a strong shift towards next generation cloud-native solutions as organizations look to protect and empower distributed workforces.


In separate news, enterprise software developer VMware, a major cloud-native innovator, has extended its Partner Connect program with the addition of a new VMware Cloud Native Master Services Competency (MSC). It is the first competency related to its Tanzu portfolio, which aims to centralize management for hybrid and multi-cloud applications.


The new Cloud Native MSC aims to help VMware partners architect a Kubernetes-based platform supported by complementary technologies from the cloud-native ecosystem for continuous delivery of applications, and is recognition for partners who specialize in Kubernetes operations, site reliability engineering and DevOps.


“VMware Tanzu solutions are disrupting how applications are built, run and managed – and with that comes opportunity for partners,” said Teri Bruns, Vice President, Tanzu Ecosystem Partners, VMware. “VMware’s new Cloud Native MSC is designed to help partners expand their services capabilities and opportunities as they embrace the industry shift to Kubernetes and modern applications. It will enable partners to build new revenue streams as container usage skyrockets.”


And Aryaka, the cloud-first managed SD-WAN provider, has struck a partnership with Check Point Software Technologies. The deal leverages Aryaka’s managed SD-WAN solution and Check Point’s CloudGuard Connect, CloudGuard Edge and CloudGuard IaaS to deliver integrated security and SD-WAN as-a-Service.


“Connecting branch offices directly to the cloud using SD-WAN significantly increases security risks,” said Aviv Abramovich, head of security services management at Check Point Software Technologies. “With Aryaka’s cloud-first SD-WAN and CloudGuard Connect, CloudGuard Edge and CloudGuard IaaS, enterprises now have the flexibility to deploy Check Point’s top-rated threat prevention and intelligence to protect their branch offices against the latest Zero Day and Gen V security threats.”


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