Mode Cast

Building Global SD WAN

"More people are using the cloud, and actually it's a mass migration to cloud-based services. So the really exciting thing to me is more and more people realizing SD-WAN and services like Mode are going to be the way you connect to those services moving forward."

— Jason Gintert, CTO & Co-Founder at WAN Dynamics

Featuring:

Jason Gintert,
CTO & Co-Founder, WAN Dynamics

Description:

SD WAN has now gone mainstream and over sixty solutions available now claim to have SD WAN functionality built in. At the same time, SD WAN is still a new technology, and organizations will need help building the right kind of SD WAN solution. In this episode Mode's Jo McDougald speaks with Jason Gintert of WAN Dynamics about how the firm's technologies and services are working together to offer fast and reliable global SD WAN.

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Transcript:

JoAnne McDougald:
Hello everyone, and welcome to another episode of Talking Tech with Jo. I am standing here with Jason Gintert. We are live at the SD-WAN Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is January 2019, and we're off to the races with not only is there a digital transformation happening in the world but really, and Jason I think this is some of the things that we want to talk about today, is connectivity transformation that's really happening. And to that end, Jason Gintert from WAN Dynamics, I want you to introduce yourself, tell our listeners a little about what you do, and we'll start from there.

Jason Gintert:
Okay. So I'm Jason Gintert with WAN Dynamics. I'm the CTO and co-founder. We've been managing SD-WAN services for about the past three years now, and we also integrated tightly with many security solutions out there, well known security solutions like Z Scale, or Palo Alto, and Fortinet, and are finding that SD-WAN has really gone mainstream. So what we do is help organizations manage the SD-WAN marketplace and all the different options out there, because there's now in excess of, I would say, 60 solutions that purport that have some sort of SD-WAN functionality built in. So with that we help our customers figure out which ones fit their business and technical profile best, help them deploy it, help them manage it long term, and really help our customers navigate this somewhat uncertain, very new, very nascent product offering that's out there.

Jo:
Yeah, and we're here in the Mode booth. Mode.net is a new company fresh out of stealth, and we provide basically a virtual private network as a service. We've mapped the internet through math, better living through mathematics, and provide a way — we created an algorithm that allows you to identify the best path at any given microsecond across the internet, and we are the perfect companion to any SD-WAN solution. And so as you’re dealing with both SD-WAN and security how important is it to get that speed, that visibility, and that ease of use to your customers?

Jason:
Yeah, our interest in Mode is to see how we can stitch together different regions of the globe with SD-WAN solutions, and ultimately we see that there may be perhaps a way that we can stitch together — I mentioned there was somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 different solutions out there. Being able to stitch together between two vendors to utilize something to tie those two different competing solutions that usually are not interoperable. You can't usually just put them directly into each other. So we have to have some sort of intermediary. So we see by exploring if Mode can fit that role for us, and just long term being being able to provide transport to, even on a single SD-WAN solution, perhaps being able to utilize Mode for transport across the globe. So into regions that are traditionally difficult to get into because of either infrastructure problems or — A good example might be the China. China's always been a really difficult market to achieve connectivity into because of the great firewall that you have to be able to get past.

Jo:
Great firewall of China?

Jason:
That's right.

Jo:
Also seen from space?

Jason:
Yes.

Jo:
Okay.

Jason:
Yeah, from any nerd's perspective it's a huge barrier.

Jo:
So thanks so much for spending some time with us. Parting words about what you think about what's been going on at the show. What are the exciting things that are coming to the floor in terms of technology and networking, and WAN in particular?

Jason:
Digital transformation. There's a lot of talk about that in our terms. Even in the network world it's connectivity transformation. More people are using the cloud, and actually it's a mass migration to cloud-based services. So the really exciting thing to me is more and more people realizing SD-WAN and services like Mode are going to be the way you connect to those services moving forward. So it's a really cool time.

Jo:
Thanks everyone. Thanks for tuning in. Thanks you Jason Gintert from WAN Dynamics.

Jason:
Sure thing. Thanks for having me.

Jo:
Bye now.

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