When a team of visionary technologists formed Cohesive Networks, their aim was to deliver scalable, secure, on-demand, and easily consumable security to enterprises moving their applications to the cloud. They recognized virtualization and middleware would create both security challenges and opportunities.
The introduction of Cohesive Networks’ innovative software-only product, VNS3, transformed the cloud industry with an entirely new approach to protecting enterprise data. With VNS3, enterprises can guarantee secure access with fully end-to-end encryption and secure IPsec connections to, from, and inside clouds.
Patrick Kerpan: The Torch Bearer of Cohesive Networks
Patrick Kerpan, CEO and co-founder of Cohesive Networks, has the ability to sense what businesses need to solve complex technology challenges. Prior to founding Cohesive Networks, Patrick was the CTO of Borland Software Corp. He joined Borland in 2000 through the acquisition of his company, Bedouin, Inc. He was also the VP and General Manager of the Developer Services Platform group at Borland. Before founding Bedouin, Inc., Kerpan worked as the managing director for derivatives technology at several global investment banks.
The Idea behind Cohesive Networks
Patrick and his co-founders focused on the real-world reality that a public cloud is too open for most enterprise uses, and seemingly off limits for highly regulated industries such as healthcare, banking, government, and financial services. By thinking like users, Cohesive created VNS3, a software-only all-in-one-device that adds security and allows control of applications in any virtualized environment. The executives built the company and their flagship VNS3 product around the idea that cloud customers would ultimately demand scalable, secure, on-demand, and easily consumed security and networking.
VNS3: Making Cohesive Networks Outshine Others
Fears around data security continue to hamper the move of applications to the cloud. Most enterprises have thousands of applications running and any given time, and only a small percentage will move to the cloud because re-imagining how an application is architected and developed won’t be practical, cost-effective or both. Enterprises can extend networks into public, private, and hybrid clouds with VNS3, the first virtual network appliance built for multi-cloud connectivity and security.
Over 2,100 customers use VNS3 virtual appliances to secure products and services at the application layer. With VNS3, enterprises can extend networks into public, private and hybrid clouds to provide security, connectivity, and integration. VNS3 doesn’t require new knowledge or training to implement, and it can be integrated with existing network equipment. By eliminating restrictions of other cloud-based network offerings, with VNS3 enterprises are able to increase savings, performance, and network management efficiency.
Cohesive Networks offers all their clients a premium support plan and 24×7 subscriptions for hourly services – taking client support and satisfaction to a new level.
Features of VNS3
VNS3 is a software-only virtual network appliance – it is not hardware, nor is it controlled by a cloud provider. Unlike hardware vendors, VNS3 customers can control, configure and manage cloud-based projects using their own networks through the web-based UI or restful API.
VNS3 combines the secure connectivity features of a security appliance, the traffic management and application security services of an application delivery controller, and encryption of all data-in-motion via an Overlay network. VNS3 acts as a virtual router, switch, firewall, VPN support (IPsec and SSL), and protocol redistributor optimized for all major cloud providers.
Taking the Road Less Travelled
With professional backgrounds and technical expertise in finance, Patrick and his co-founders initially focused on satisfying the needs of large institutions in the financial industry. They quickly discovered financial groups were slow to adopt cloud computing. Concerns about data security and the network integration challenges have hampered the move of applications to the cloud. The team pivoted from a single-industry focus to concentrate on creating a very adaptable, multi-purpose networking tool for any large enterprise that uses private and public clouds.
Many companies are making a specific choice to use the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) platforms of a single provider like Amazon. Other organizations are going “Over-The-Top” using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to deploy their own virtual infrastructure with application infrastructure (middleware) and applications deployed on top of that virtual infrastructure. Going “over-the-top” is less about avoiding lock-in, and more about control. Customers in regulated industries (increasingly all industries), need to be able to explain how they control the semantics, workflow, and dataflow of their business infrastructure. When held to this level of accountability it is quite important that the underlying public cloud IaaS (bulk compute, storage, and transport) does not have any meaningful interaction with, visibility of, nor control of, customers’ applications.
With VNS3, Cohesive Networks is giving enterprises back “attestable control” and the power to deploy their own virtual infrastructure, their own application infrastructure, and their own application designs using the scalable, distributed, and powerful public cloud providers as a generalized resource. All enterprises using the cloud need to own the security of their data, and all organizations using the cloud need connectivity that can quickly adapt to the shifting market landscape.
“I believe the opportunity for Cohesive Networks lies with over-the-top cloud customers. These are enterprises that demand more of the ‘computing power to the people.’ There are two very strong, obvious reasons to go over-the-top today: one is for the simple need of points of presence, and the other is attestable control,” writes Patrick Kerpan.
Awards and Accolades
Over the years Cohesive Networks has gained numerous awards and accolades including: Amazon Advanced APN Technology Partner, Amazon Marketplace Seller, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft Azure certified, a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner, a CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider, certified HPE Helion Ready, a UK GovCloud provider, HPE Cloud28+ Partner, and an IBM Business Partner.
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