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Digital transformation is redefining enterprise communication, storage and workflow, especially on the back of technologies like cloud networking. Gartner estimates that while several thousand customers have deployed multi-cloud networking software (MCNS)—formerly called cloud networking software—more companies are expected to use MCNS in a market projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30% through 2026.
Arrcus, a California-based networking software company, is looking to boost its share of this growing market with a new product that aims to help cloud solution providers (CSPs), colocation providers and telcos deliver multicloud connectivity as managed service in business. In a press release today, the company said the new product, Arrcus FlexMCN, will help enterprises sustain rapid deployment of applications and data in distributed locations around the world by leveraging its hyperscale multicloud networking solution with reliable scale, predictable performance and seamless orchestration .
In February, Arrcus announced an upgrade to version 2.0 of its flagship Arrcus Connected Edge (ACE) platform, a computing platform designed to support more flexible network configurations and intelligent embedded applications on the ACE network. The new Arrcus FlexMCN is the next step in realizing Arrcus’ mission to enhance business efficiency through “superior network connectivity,” according to Shekar Ayyar, CEO and President of Arrcus. Built on Arrcus’ ACE platform, Arrcus FlexMCN is available in a wide range of formats — including container, virtual machine (VM), software-on-white-box and cloud.
Provide multi-tenancy support
Arrcus FlexMCN aims to provide multi-tenancy support that enables tenant isolation and network segmentation required by large enterprises. It also offers role-based access control (RBAC), allowing granular access to the network infrastructure and preventing inadvertent malicious access. Multi-tenancy also allows managed service providers to share FlexMCN ArcOrchestrator with multiple tenants and allows each tenant to have one view of their network infrastructure in the orchestrator.
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With this announcement, Arrcus FlexMCN promises to dramatically reduce multicloud networking setup time from days to hours. Arrcus claims that FlexMCN enables it to operationally simplify continuous management by automating and orchestrating with popular frameworks such as HashiCorp Terraform, Ansible Playbooks and REST APIs. The company also says it can enable distributed network connectivity to clouds, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
Arrcus FlexMCN – on prem and in the cloud
In addition, Arrcus FlexMCN will accelerate the set-up of cloud operations by providing the flexibility to deploy multi-cloud networking controllers in customer private clouds (on-premises or in a data center) or public clouds to connect private and public cloud workloads, according to Company.
Ayyar says “CSPs, colocation providers and telcos have an opportunity to create new revenue streams by providing secure multicloud connectivity as a service to businesses.”
Arrcus claims it enables the delivery of multicloud connectivity as a service, but also solves privacy and data sharing issues. Roy Chua, founder and director of research firm AvidThink, said in the press release that “as a result of its high programmability, Arrcus FlexMCN provides the flexibility to be deployed on premises or in the cloud, allowing selected industries to remain in compliance with GDPR and HIPAA requirements’.
Arrcus will prioritize service providers, partners and customers during the development of FlexMCN. Other vendors competing with Arrcus in the market include Alkira, Cisco, Arista, Aviatrix, Cohesive Networks, F5, Prosimo and VMware.
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