Find your VNS3 fit

By Sam Mitchell, Cohesive Networks Senior Cloud Solutions Architect

Our VNS3 product family has grown recently, and I’m here to shed some light on how our customers use different VNS3 products and editions to fit even more of security and network needs in various public, private and hybrid clouds.
Find your VNS3 fit

Many of our 1,000 enterprise customers found us through a cloud marketplace or proof of concept before switching to more advanced editions as their companies grew. One customer in financial technology, Geezeo, went from a handful of customers in 2009 to more than 240 US customers today without any major downtime. “It’s been rock solid and it’s scaled very nicely” said Geezeo CTO James Elwood. Read our Geezeo use case story blog.

At the core, VNS3 products allow you to build your own virtual networks on top of  any virtual or physical environment.  All of our VNS3 products are software-only virtual appliances, ready for production use, and available in most clouds.

Now, what’s the difference? In January, we introduced a wider product range so users can tailor VNS3 functions for specific use cases. The 3 branches of the VNS3 family tree:

  1. VNS3:net – connectivity and security with L4-L7 network function plug-ins
  2. VNS3:vpn – free, self-service connectivity and security
  3. VNS3:turret – secure application segmentation with micro-perimeters

The Original: VNS3:net virtual networking built for cloud

VNS3 has been around since 2008, and the VNS3:net version is the original VNS3 built to help you control and connect networks in public cloud.  VNS3:net is the evolution of our first VPN-Cubed product, now with a L4-L7 network function plug-in system.

Unlike other networking products, VNS3:net pricing and editions are based on the size of the network you create. We measure your network complexity by connection points and secure IPsec tunnels. When a customer needs more endpoints, IPsec tunnels and multi-site connectivity, this is the perfect time to upgrade to Lite Edition in VNS3:net.

There are 4 editions of VNS3:net to fit your network size: 

  • VNS3:net Lite –  overlay network plus data center connectivity. Plug-in system lets you add network functions such as load balacing, proxy, NIDS, and more.
  • VNS3:net SME – our most popular edition.  Geared toward larger-scale networks with switching and routing as well as IPsec VPN high availability.
  • VNS3:net Enterprise – all the the features at a massive scale. Ideal for organizations with large, complex partner networks and deployments in multiple public cloud regions and cloud providers.
  • VNS3:vpn (aka, the free edition) – free, self-service version without the VNS3:net plugin system for quickly getting started in public clouds including AWS EC2 and VPC, Azure, HP Helion, IBM Softlayer, and CenturyLink Cloud.

Let’s connect – VNS3:vpn enhances VPC features

Many new users find VNS3:vpn (our free edition) on cloud partners’ marketplace, and the AWS marketplace is most popular. On-demand VNS3 is a great fit for when a new customer or proof of concept needs to get off the ground quickly.

Many VNS3:vpn users need to connect to a customer site for remote access, yet the Amazon VPC features alone are limited. Because AWS is a shared environment, most users need VNS3’s added security and connectivity when connecting a VPN tunnel to a shared customer or partner network. Plus, if there are specific requirements that involve multicast, IKE or IPSEC parameters VNS3:vpn makes it viable to use AWS.

New Application Segmentation with VNS3:turret 

VNS3:turret is an “application security controller.”  Essentially, it is a group of encrypted, clustered VNS3 instances that create a micro-perimeter around mission critical business systems. Groups of VNS3 devices create a perimeter around each application, shifting the security focus from the exterior perimeter to a new “application segmentation” security model.

VNS3:turret is a set of VNS3 controllers working together inside a cloud environment – from 2 peered devices up to 8 meshed controllers. In a private cloud, VNS3:turret starts at $250,000 a year for 10 application segments. We also offer VNS3:turret as a self-service option for public cloud users for $1,500 a month. Learn more about VNS3:turret capabilities here. 

* On one last note, VNS3 pricing does not include runtime fees/costs associated with running VNS3 instances. Runtime costs vary from provider to provider (internal or external) and the instance size you deploy does directly impact your total throughput for a particular VNS3 Controller. Questions about sizing for VNS3 and cloud instances for your project? Email me or our sales team.

UPDATE: see the new What is an overlay network video

By: Margaret Valtierra