MSP Today Expert Feature
June 04, 2014

Netsocket Introduces vApps

Netsocket this week launched a suite of virtualized applications, as well as automated application delivery, designed to help managed service providers grow revenue and deliver profitable new services.

The Virtual Edge from Netsocket – which was among TMC’s recently announced SDN Award winners – virtualizes such networking functions as firewall, routing, switching, and tunneling. It also can be used to deliver qualified third-party applications.

Third-party applications, or vApps as Netsocket refers to them, available today on the platform include Cacti’s open source performance visualization solution, FreePBX’s open source IP PBX solution, Fortinet’s (News - Alert) FortiGate security solution, OpenVPN’s open source VPN aggregator and client, Pandora’s open source remote monitoring and management solution, QFlex’s enterprise SBC from GENBAND, Snorby’s open source firewall/IDS/IPS, Ubiquiti (News - Alert) Networks’ Unifi Wi-Fi controller, Windows Server 2012 Essentials software infrastructure from Microsoft, and the debian Linux VM for MSP-installed apps and tools.

"Netsocket’s Virtual Edge is a compelling solution for MSPs that are looking to improve and extend the reach of their IT services," said Stephan Tallent, director MSSPs Americas for Fortinet. "We are pleased to have FortiGate as a featured vApp that allows MSPs to include an advanced security and firewall offering for their customers.” 

Virtual Edge is a cloud-based solution aimed at SMB and branch offices that also enables automated service creation, delivery, management, and orchestration for virtualized applications.

As noted in a January TMCnet posting, Tricia Hosek of Netsocket recently blogged that there is likely to be a lot of action in the SDN space this year. Network virtualization, according to Hosek, is where SDN is getting most of its leverage today. On this front, some service providers are already rolling out SMB edge routing and other services leveraging SDN, while enterprises as a group sit on the sidelines. However, she added, there is a clear enterprise business case for SDN, and financial firms are likely to make the first moves to take advantage of the benefits of this new technology.

Edited by Maurice Nagle