March 6, 2017
Communications successfully incubates another business idea through its
flagship innovation program ‘Shape the Future’ and debuts NetFoundry, a
business that reinvents networking for the hyper connected era at Mobile
World Congress this year [Hall 2 Stand 2H26].
The NetFoundry platform enables enterprises to obtain the security and
performance of a private network, while benefiting from the economics
and agility of the Internet - enabling enterprises to securely and
reliably extend applications from edge to core to public and private
clouds, using Internet access. Leveraging APIs, web consoles and
standard DevOps tools such as Jenkins and Ansible, instead of
proprietary network management tools, enterprises are able to deploy and
manage software defined networks (SDN) in the same manner in which they
spin up virtual machines.
Galeal Zino, Founder of NetFoundry says, “Our platform enables
developers and partners to embed secure, reliable networking inside
their solution stacks. This unleashes untapped potential for developer
innovation and enables enterprises to rapidly take IT, IoT and cloud
apps from prototype to production, while meeting the most stringent
enterprise requirements for security and performance.”
NetFoundry leverages Tier one networks including Tata Communications’
leading global network together with NetFoundry’s patent pending
platform, cloud-native SDN and software defined perimeter architecture.
It has also created a comprehensive partner community to provide
customers access to a full solution stack with resiliency, quality of
experience and security at the core. These best-in-class technology
partners include Dispersive Technologies (Virtual Network Function (VNF)
software for superior data security) and Sonus Networks (VNF function
for Session Border Control). Ecosystem partners interoperating with
NetFoundry’s services include Integron, a leading provider of managed
IoT services to over one million deployments worldwide. Integron uses
NetFoundry software to provide its managed healthcare services with the
security and performance they require.
Communications’ Shape the Future internal incubator has been responsible
for internally crowdsourcing more than 500 business ideas with the
potential to become $200m businesses within 10 years and subsequently
incubating seven of those ideas.
Julie Woods-Moss, Chief Innovation Officer at Tata Communications says,
“The Shape the Future program is testament to our belief that innovation
can happen at scale in large organizations. In a short space of time,
NetFoundry has quickly built-up its APIs, channel and partner ecosystem
and credentials to show how it can enable businesses to solve their
networking challenges in today’s digital world and also extend software
developer innovation by abstracting them from the underlying network.
Looking ahead to the long-term, this opens up all sorts of possibilities
for networking to operate as a function of the application, integrating
the previous disparate functions of network, security within one
architecture – enabling the completion of the software eats the world