Pertino Launches Limited Release of SDN Cloud Networks for SMBs

By Erin Harrison February 12, 2013

Cloud networking software provider Pertino is offering a limited release of its cloud-based Software-Defined Network (SDN) service for small and medium-sized businesses, which company officials are touting as “disruptively simple.”

The Cupertino, Calif.-based startup’s cloud network engine is designed to help businesses of any size create secure networks that connect users to the information and applications they need to be productive, according to Craig Elliott, co-founder and CEO of Pertino.

“For the last decade, wide-area networking has been all about boxes and branches. But a wave of change is washing over businesses today, and in its wake IT organizations are grappling with cloud, mobility, post-PC devices, and an emerging workforce raised on always-on connectivity,” Elliott said in a statement.

“We realized that the network outside the office is becoming as pervasive and critical as the one inside, so we developed Pertino – an entirely new way to build a network in the cloud that's disruptively simple, secure and available everywhere.”

Company officials said Pertino allows for a myriad of networking use cases and eliminates the need for multiple point solutions, touting the following benefits:

  • Mobile access: Provides mobile users with a LAN-like experience without being LAN-locked;
  • Virtual offices: Put a virtual office anywhere on the planet in minutes;
  • Secure file-sharing: Access office files from anywhere while preserving visibility and control;
  • Remote desktop: Remotely access office apps and perform remote desktop and server admin; and
  • Instant networks: Spin-up a network when and where you need it, and take it down just as fast.

Pertino is available in a select set of computing devices with additional devices and mobile support being added later this year. Initial device support includes Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 systems with Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Mac OS-X systems in beta this quarter. Customers can get started with the free personal plan that provides a personal cloud network for up to three members and three devices each; the professional plan is $10/month per member.

While much of the excitement around SDN has been focused on datacenter networks, Pertino demonstrates the larger role SDN will play beyond the datacenter, according to Nick Lippis, an industry analyst and founder of The Lippis Report.

“The implications are far reaching for how wide-area networks will be built and how network-based services will be delivered in the future,” Lippis said.

The market for cloud-based IT infrastructure and services is set to explode. According to a report published by market research firm In-Stat, businesses in the U.S. will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services by 2014, of which IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) related spending is forecasted to achieve triple digit annual growth to $4 billion.

In April 2012, Pertino secured an $8.85 million Series A round of venture funding with Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

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