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Cradlepoint to Demo How SD-WAN Can Address the IoT

October 24, 2016

SD-WAN has already become a popular new way for businesses to connect their branch locations without buying costly MPLS connections, and receiving some other nice capabilities in the process. But did you know that there are applications for SD-WAN related to the Internet of Things and mobile networks as well?

There are, and Cradlepoint will be demonstrating a few of them next week at the Open Networking User Group Fall Conference in New York City. The demonstrations will feature the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform, a software and services platform that’s added cloud-based management and software-defined network services to the company’s 4G LTE multi-WAN routers and ruggedized M2M gateways.

“While all eyes are on the SD-WAN space and the pending refresh of MPLS branch networks, Cradlepoint’s NetCloud platform strategy highlights the significant opportunity for SDN and NFV – wrapped in a cloud model – to transform wired and wireless consumer broadband into enterprise-grade networks,” says Lee Doyle, principal analyst with Doyle Research.

The Cradlepoint NetCloud platform allows companies to create private cloud networks over wired and wireless broadband Internet services for branch, IoT, mobile workforce, and vehicle networks. It leverages Cradlepoint’s Enterprise Cloud manager and NetCloud Engine. The Enterprise Cloud Manager provides zero-touch deployment and allows for remote management of multi-WAN branch and in-vehicles routers and IoT gateways. The NetCloud Engine, meanwhile, employs the cloud, network functions virtualization, and software-defined networking to enable virtual cloud networking.

Health care is among the verticals that can benefit from this kind of solution, as the Sept. 30 Cradlepoint blog explains. The blog talks about how multi-WAN and SDN can be used to address situations involving electronic health records; ensure connected devices like blood pressure monitors and pacemakers can transmit information to doctors via monitoring stations with attached in-home routers; and allow for clear communications between doctors and patients as they communicate via videoconference.

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