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NetFoundry offers new Azure integration to extend edge computing and 5G

By Catherine Knowles
Thu 2 Apr 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

In a bid to advance Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing and private 5G, NetFoundry has extended its integration with Microsoft Azure Edge Zones.

The zero trust networking company has released its new embedded networking solution within Microsoft Azure Edge Zones to enable businesses to utilise edge compute power and optional private 5G for use cases including industrial IoT, near-real time video processing and analytics.

In an announcement, NetFoundry states Azure Private Edge Zones enable application workloads to span edges and clouds with a common Azure experience, APIs, and security.

NetFoundry’s integration facilitates direct connections between businesses and Azure Private Edge Zones without deploying extra network gear.

All applications, from edge to cloud, can use any internet connection to join a NetFoundry powered zero trust network. Zero trust security is an industry-accepted architecture that assumes zero trust of actors and protocols both outside and inside an organisation, the company states.

The NetFoundry platform enables businesses to connect distributed compute environments, providing zero trust networking as a service (NaaS) from edge to cloud and in between.

NetFoundry founder and CEO Galeal Zino says, “Azure Private Edge Zones will be a game-changer for application developers, solution providers, and businesses eliminating the complexity of edge and IoT deployments with a seamless experience and low-latency compute."

“We are honored to be selected as one of the 5G, security, and networking providers enabling this ecosystem," says Zino.

Microsoft Corp corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure Networking Yousef Khalidi says, “NetFoundry’s addition to our Azure Edge Zones ecosystem helps us ensure businesses can build solutions with secure, private 5G between their devices and the edge, while leveraging end-to-end secure and performant networking.”

The new release suits businesses looking to extend and advance network connectivity and edge processing within their operations.

NetFoundry head of products Sreelakshimi Sarva says, “Industry 4.0 type businesses will use Azure Edge Zones with private 5G and embedded NetFoundry networking to reliably deploy and managed global software-defined networks, reduce latency, and improve security."

“We also see greenfield interest from sectors like manufacturing, warehouse automation, and connected supply chains because previous options did not meet their requirements for local connectivity and edge processing," Sarva says.

NetFoundry customer EnLume commented on how the new solution will be utilised by the business.

EnLume CEO Devi Malladi says, “We look forward to leveraging low latency compute services from Microsoft Azure Private Edge Zones, NetFoundry, and partners.

“Azure Private Edge Zones with embedded NetFoundry networking will support us in meeting our business goals for delivering 5G ready mobile point of sale (mPOS) applications, next-gen interactive customer success platforms, and Autonomous Vehicle solutions."

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