Ecessa is adding deep-packet inspection and a next-gen firewall to its SD-WAN solution, among a host of upgrades.
The Minnesota-based vendor said Thursday that it will release multiple new features in firmware updates over the course of 2019. One of the updates planned for the road map is deep-packet inspection — a process that evaluates application workloads on a more granular level to improve performance.
A layer 7 “next generation” firewall is another feature in Ecessa’s plan, and a reflection of security’s growing importance in the SD-WAN conversation. We saw at a recent panel that several vendors have embedded a next-gen firewall in their platform, while others have partnered with security vendors to address the problem.
Customers with SLA contracts can get the new firmware releases for free. CEO Mike Siegler said Ecessa will continue to add new features.
“The 2019 road map is a result of customer requests, industry advances and competitive assessment,” Siegler said. “We are investing to meet the expanding needs of our customers.”
Colm Armstrong, Ecessa’s vice president of channel sales, told Channel Partners that sales partners will get more flexibility to design SD-WAN solutions, thanks to new options for security and routing.
“Taking our premises-based architecture to the public cloud, while ensuring control of the network stays with each instance, means our partners can design SD-WAN any way they want to, anywhere their clients need it,” Armstrong said. “SD-WAN is confusing today; Ecessa brings its 16 years of deployment expertise to every partner engagement as a value-added service that guarantees success.”
Ecessa said it is also “guaranteeing 100 percent successful guided deployments for all customers.” Siegler said his company is more hands-on with partners and customers than other SD-WAN vendors.
“Other vendors focus on their portals or demos — Ecessa focuses on guaranteeing successful deployments, regardless of the environment,” Siegler said. “We take time to discover our customers’ needs, the inner workings of their networks and what success looks like for them.”
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Ecessa offers a unique approach to SD-WAN, describing its solution as “on-premise.” Siegler told us in an interview earlier this year that his company takes a customized approach to its customers’ environments rather than uniformly aiming to kill MPLS.
“I think customers find themselves frustrated that they’re spending money on IT – regardless of what that is – and they still have issues. They either still have voice issues, they still have security issues, they still have connectivity issues, and I think they say (even if it’s metro Ethernet or an MPLS or even T1s), ‘I need something better. I need someone to help me improve this,’” he said in February.
The planned firmware releases include full router functionality. Ecessa’s press release contains the full list of updates. To learn more about deep-packet inspection, see our interview with Infovista.