Talari expands SD-WAN platform and partner ecosystem

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Talari Networks has added free WAN optimisation services that run natively in the core platform, to the latest release of its SD-WAN solution. It has also unveiled a jointly-validated solution with Zscaler, the cloud security solutions provider, to help companies transform their hub-and-spoke network architectures to secure, direct-to-cloud connections.

The new Talari SD-WAN Version 7.0 makes it easy to establish local Internet breakouts, while the partnership with Zscaler ensures the breakouts are secured, without the cost and complexity of deploying additional security appliances on customer premises.

Talari SD-WAN edge nodes will transparently forward all Internet traffic to the Zscaler cloud over IPsec tunnels, providing a faster user experience, reducing bandwidth costs and simplifying operations. This service is delivered via Talari's Adaptive Path Networking (APN) software, available on all supported physical, virtual and cloud appliances.

"Users are demanding faster access to their apps, but traditional network architectures deliver just the opposite," said Punit Minocha, Zscaler VP of Business Development. "We are excited to work with Talari to help companies securely migrate from the old world of the hub-and-spoke architecture to the new world of secure direct-to-cloud connections. The result of the joint solution is a secure, fast user experience, reduced MPLS costs and fewer appliances."

Integrated WAN Optimisation

Talari SD-WAN 7.0 also provides native support for core WAN-optimisation features, such as data compression and deduplication of data, in addition to congestion controls. Talari WAN-Op is a composite feature that increases efficiency for bulk file-transfer traffic, especially for data requested by more than one user at the same location. By combining WAN-Op with Talari SD-WAN software, organisations can simplify the branch office and create cost efficiencies for network administrators.

Cloud security remains a top concern, especially in heavily-regulated sectors such as healthcare that must maintain compliance when handling sensitive data. The Talari SD-WAN solution not only encrypts data at the packet level but is also capable of organically regenerating encryption keys when redirecting traffic for faster cloud access. Adding a SD-WAN point of integration with the Zscaler secure cloud gateway provides deeper levels of security assurance than ever before.

"Talari's integration with Zscaler provides an app-centric cloud security solution for a growing number of current and potential customers who view centralised cloud security as the best way to connect to cloud services, especially from a compliance standpoint for large enterprises with far-flung corporate and affiliate remote sites," said Atchison Frazer, Head of Worldwide Marketing at Talari Networks. "Talari's new WAN optimisation features are offered at no additional cost, helping Talari compete for WAN optimisation renewal budgets and accelerating new customer transition to Talari's superior 'simply-defined' WAN-Edge solutions."

In addition to secure cloud gateway and WAN-Op services, Talari APN 7.0 provides new performance expansion features. Talari is expanding the performance of its VT800 virtual appliance to multi-Gig, which allows it to evolve from a small branch solution to one that addresses data centre requirements. From a cloud perspective, the additional performance enhancements for Azure enables more customers, who are decommissioning data centres, to focus on cloud servers as the first choice for enterprise services.

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