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Meta Networks Launches Network-as-a-Service (NaaS)

April 03, 2018

Meta NaaS (Network-as-a-Service) is delivered as a service to connect people, applications, clouds and sites within a software-defined perimeter, significantly reducing the possibility of a security breach while improving the overall user experience. The Meta NaaS platform replaces conventional, site-centric Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with a flexible platform that provides always-on security for the enterprise and its employees, whether accessing private resources or the Internet.

According to Gartner, "By 2021, 60% of enterprises will phase out network VPNs for digital business communications in favor of software-defined perimeters, up from less than 1% in 2016."

With a fundamentally new platform that addresses both business and IT requirements in the Software-Defined Perimeter space, Meta Networks is making its public debut with $10 million of seed stage funding led by Vertex Ventures and the BRM Group. The company is entering the market on a clear path to category leadership with unique, production-proven technology and an increasing volume of customer deployments. Meta Networks is using the current funding to expand operations as its flagship technology platform, Meta NaaS, gains traction in the enterprise.

“Meta NaaS is a new zero-trust paradigm for the ‘virtual private network’ that revolves around users rather than physical topology. This shift enables enterprises to effectively restore the perimeter by protecting all employee traffic – both corporate and internet – all of the time,” said Etay Bogner, CEO and Founder of Meta Networks. “What elevates our technology is the cloud-native global backbone and the comprehensive, identity-based network security architecture that are designed to support millions of users efficiently.”

Based on the next generation of cloud technology, Meta Networks brings the advantages of scale, agility and cloud-economics to network connectivity and security, providing secure access to corporate resources and the internet at any time or location. With organizations seeking a more integrated solution to the challenges of network security in a rapidly-changing environment, Meta NaaS delivers a new approach. Just as SaaS, IaaS and PaaS transformed applications, NaaS will transform networking and network security. The platform addresses today’s pressing requirements for secure remote access, multi-cloud connectivity, and branch connectivity. It is also the only platform available that provides the flexibility to address the full range of challenges posed by cloud migration and employee mobility.

Meta NaaS provides a highly secure computing environment that isolates all private resources from the Internet and the rest of the organization. Each user has a unique, fixed identity regardless of where and how they connect to the network. There are two ways to connect - using any IPSec client or a browser-based solution. The security framework provides end-to-end security policies between the user and the specific corporate resources the user wishes to access. Meta Networks has architected the solution according to the principles of zero-trust within a software-defined perimeter to prevent unauthorized access and mitigate cyber-attacks. Meta NaaS interoperates with other cloud-delivered security solutions, supporting a best-of-breed security stack for the enterprise. The platform’s patent-pending technology delivers identity-based policy routing and packet-level identity verification, both of which are essential for ensuring security and scale in a user-centric global network.

“Meta NaaS is built around network users, not a physical business location. This is an advantageous approach for organizations like ours that have applications in data centers and clouds around the world, as well as an increasingly mobile workforce. Meta Networks’ game-changing solution allows employees to connect from anywhere using any device without sacrificing security or performance,” said Ramon Snir, Senior Developer at Dynamic Yield. “Thanks to the powerful APIs, we can automate our workflows and provide a very simple interface for our global sales team.”

Etay Bogner, founder and CEO of Meta Networks, has received several patents over his career as a leading pioneer in the areas of network security and infrastructure virtualization. Prior to Meta Networks, Bogner founded Stratoscale, a company focused on private clouds. Before Stratoscale, Bogner founded Neocleus, a virtualization vendor acquired by Intel. Etay Bogner’s entrepreneurial career began in 1999 with the founding of SofaWare, a network security vendor that was ultimately acquired by Check Point Software. Supporting Bogner is a top-notch team of seasoned security and networking industry veterans from Cisco, Oracle and Check Point.

Meta NaaS is available immediately.

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