Netsurion updates SD-WAN branch offering

Netsurion introduces BranchSDO for retail, hospitality and restaurant organizations. (Pixabay)

SD-WAN vendor Netsurion announced today that it has refreshed its software-defined branch solution.

The company's new BranchSDO replaced its first-generation software-defined branch solution, Connect SD-WAN, in order to provide business customers with an all-in-one solution.

Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research, defines SD-Branch as a single hardware platform that supports SD-WAN, routing, integrated security, LAN and Wi-Fi functions that can all be managed centrally.

BranchSDO was designed for organizations that need to connect multiple branch locations over a wide area. BranchSDO targets the retail, restaurant and hospitality verticals as well as companies with widely distributed IoT devices that need to be connected.

BranchSDO combines the BranchSDO Orchestrator with Netsurion's CXD edge device to provision security and managed Wi-Fi with payment card information compliance tools and support.

Customers have the option to manage the BranchSDO solution themselves, with their IT service providers, or by Netsurion. BranchSDO includes site-to-site VPN connectivity through SSL or TSL 2.0, and a secure gateway that comes with firewall protection, web filtering, application control, and an intrusion prevention system.

To date, BranchSDO has been deployed to 2,000 business locations with over 400 of those locations belonging to Volta Charging.

"It's a different take from a different theme," Doyle said in an interview with FierceTelecom. "They are coming from the security side of it. They have a different platform and different software. Everyone is going to have a different take on SD-Branch with different strengths and weaknesses. I think it's more of a midrange solution."

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Netsurion launched its first SD-WAN in March of last year. In a previous interview with FierceTelecom, John Ayers, Netsurion's vice president of product management, said his company's primary focus was on building a better SD-WAN offering for its customers.

Netsurion primarily competes with Cradlepoint, Cisco's Meraki SD-WAN offering, SimpleWAN and Cybera.