Cloud Questions Answered

Where do my cloud servers come from? Is my business compatible with the cloud? How do I connect and secure my cloud servers? How do I configure and manage my cloud-based business? Cohesive Networks addresses enterprise pain points from the enterprise and business application perspective.

Cloud VPN

Streamline network access between key points, either between a data center and cloud or cloud-to-cloud. VNS3 delivers reliable, strong encryption throughout, straightforward plans, and simple administration.

CodeObjects

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
CodeObjects provides a dashboard for policy administration, billing, and claims for insurance carriers. In order to transport highly critical and sensitive information between their AWS-based cloud infrastructure to LexisNexis, they must use VPN connections with at least 256-bit encryption.

Solution
LexisNexis recommended VNS3 to meet the security and connectivity requirements.

Outcome
VNS3 provides highly secured VPN tunnels that enable CodeObjects to securely transfer business critical data and sensitive customer information between their partner site on LexisNexis and their AWS infrastructure.

Geezeo

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Retail

Problem
Geezeo needed serious security and connectivity to comply with industry regulations on security and financial transactions with banks and credit unions. They needed a way to connect separate banking customers into a multi-tenant AWS EC2-based SaaS offering. Building their own architecture was costing the IT team over 15 man hours a week to maintain.

Solution
Geezeo used VNS3 because it was “not a traditional data center or product.” Customer used the flexibility of encrypted IPsec tunnels in a VNS3 Controller to quickly manage each tunnel in VNS3 in a matter of seconds without the need to reconfigure any hardware.

Outcome
Geezeo was able to quickly connect to their growing list of institutional customers using encrypted VNS3 IPsec tunnels, all while managing VNS3 from one central UI. Since 2009, they have grown their platform from 4 paid customers to over 400 financial institutions.

PayNearMe

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
PayNearMe enables consumers to pay cash for bills and services through an AWS-based payment network. To connect to the different partners and retail merchants, Customer must connect multiple VPN endpoints inside AWS regions and colocation.

Solution
PayNearMe can connect as many VPN endpoints using the VNS3 virtual networking device. The high availability included in the VNS3 solution ensures customers and partners stay connected with additional AES 256-bit encryption.

Outcome
Partners and merchant customers are able to connect to the PayNearMe network in both AWS and the colocation environment as if it is one logical resource.

SambaSafety

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
SambaSafety connects government data services to insurers and transportation companies. The personal records such as a DLN (driver’s license number) or MVR (motor vehicle record) must be encrypted but connect to multiple endpoints.

Solution
“Because those tunnels are so critical, we need to have a quick and adaptive way to bring those tunnels back up,” said Ryan Woordard, IT Manager at SambaSafety. Cohesive Networks’ partner, Trek10, recommended VNS3 and VNS3:ha.

Outcome
After 2 months in proof of concept and testing, SambaSafety launch VNS3 in production. SambaSafety has over 20 IPsec tunnels connecting customers and AWS-based resources, with plans to expand.

Labor Management Solutions

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
Customer needed true end-to-end security for all data-in-motion from government sites into their Amazon AWS hosted management systems. AWS VPC does not meet the level of encryption and other standards that the US Government requires.

Solution
VNS3 securely connected Customer’s management systems to government on-premise sites via IPsec with AES 265-bit encryption.

Outcome
Customer was able to connect sites end-to-end to the cloud-hosted management suite, and end customers were able to meet the US Government security standards.

ERP Solutions for Consumer Goods, Manufacturing

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The ERP vendor needed a VPN solution to offer customers using a multi-site VPN with multiple locations. End customers needed to connect 2 remote locations via static IKEv1 to the same Azure virtual network.

Solution
VNS3 offered enhanced connectivity in the Azure cloud beyond standard network controls. VNS3 allowed the Azure user to connect to multiple VPN locations in the same Azure network. 

Outcome
Customer was able to get VNS3 up and running in Azure and used it to quickly connect to their customer’s VPN devices.

Indian Technology Consultants

Geography

Asia

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

SI

Problem
The India-based technology consulting and mobile application developer had an AWS EC2-based instance that needed to connect to a Cisco ASA device over a VPN tunnel.

Solution
From the AWS Marketplace, the team used VNS3:vpn to create an IPsec tunnel between their customers’ machines behind a Cisco ASA device over the public internet to AWS EC2 via an encrypted connection.

Outcome
Within 2 months, the team moved the VNS3:vpn connection to production. In another month, Ariose launched additional VNS3 devices for other customers and continue to add IPsec tunnels for connectivity.

Flight Tracking and Labor Management

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The company focuses on resource optimization, scheduling, management, and deployment solutions for enterprises with labor intensive operation such as airlines, hospitals, hotels, retail, and security. As data sets grow, the company needed to connect to multiple partner networks while keeping customer data separate and secure.

Solution
The company began by testing VNS3:vpn (free edition) on the AWS Marketplace. As their use case grew, Cohesive Networks added network capabilities, additional VNS3 Controllers and configuration services.

Outcome
The company connects airline, hospitality, and labor customers AWS-based resources via corporate VPNs managed by VNS3.

UK Online Travel and Expense Management Provider

Geography

Europe

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The ISV needed to connect to a centralized UK train ticket booking service via IPsec in order to make reservations.

Solution
The company leveraged VNS3 overlay capabilities to connect to their cloud-hosted application with IPsec.

Outcome
The ISV was able to host their entire solution in the cloud and connect to the booking service without any hardware.

Personal and Commercial Property Insurance Provider

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Insurance

Problem
The Insurance provider has been offering personal and commercial property and casualty insurance since 1949. To connect to a third party vendor, LexisNexis, the company needed to connect their AWS account over VPN.

Solution
The company began with a 30 day trial of VNS3, with help from Cohesive Networks support to troubleshoot a connection to a Checkpoint firewall device.

Outcome
The Insurance provider now uses 2 IPsec tunnels to connect to LexisNexis, with plans to add more for backup and recovery.

Sponsorship & Lifestyle Marketing

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company had a complex network connection between a telecom and their AWS based networks. The telco required public IP addresses over IPsec tunnels.

Solution
An AWS expert recommended VNS3 and suggested the Cohesive Networks team configure the NAT-Traversal connection over IPsec with peered VNS3 Controllers for high availability.

Outcome
In less than a month, they got connected to their telecom partner using 3 peered VNS3 Controllers. They plan to add more VPCs to the deployment soon as the project continues.

Executive Online Training from Elite Business Schools

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The online learning provider wanted to use Amazon’s VPC DNS from their office, which hosts the IPsec remote endpoint.

Solution
Through Cohesive Networks’ SI partner Trek10, the company began using VNS3 to route DNS traffic. With Cohesive Networks, the customer even considered doing more than a simple port forward, and worked with the SI to use a DNS forwarder in a container on VNS3.

Outcome
The company now uses VNS3 in production, and has recently upgrade to 5 additional clientpacks.

Cash Management SaaS

Geography

Europe

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
In order to connect consumers to market leading interest rates and cash accounts, the company needed to connect an external server to their AWS deployments in multiple AWS regions in Europe.

Solution
After connecting the Amazon VPC with three servers in Ireland, VNS3 helped the company team to add more routes to AWS Frankfurt for better connectivity and high availability.

Outcome
After 6 months of continuous usage, the company has upgraded from the VNS3:vpn free version to VNS3 Lite directly through the AWS Marketplace.

Property and Casualty Insurance SaaS

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Insurance

Problem
The company offers insurance customers SaaS solutions for individual, commercial and specialty insurance agencies. They host their SaaS solution in Amazon AWS, but needed more VPC endpoint connectivity.

Solution
The company found VNS3 in the AWS Marketplace and after initial testing upgraded to Lite Edition for additional IPsec tunnels and endpoint connectivity.

Outcome
The company has been using the ay-As You-Go edition of VNS3 Lite in AWS Marketplace for more than a year without any incidents.

Location Based Mobile Engagement

Geography

Asia

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company offers customers cloud-based customer acquisition and customer engagement software to track end customers physically located near retail locations. They needed to establish a route-based VPN to a customer location using a public IP address in encryption domains.

Solution
VNS3 enables them to use Public IP address ranges in encryption domains, unlike Amazon AWS.

Outcome
With help from the Cohesive Networks Support team, the company quickly set up the site-to-site VPN with their customer in less than a month.

Energy Meters and Integrated Smart Metering

Geography

Australia

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Energy

Problem
The company needed to connect a customers’ data center resources to Azure. They hoped a site-to-site VPN would work, but needed to use NAT-traversal/encapsulated IPsec connections.

Solution
After setting up a trial with VNS3, the company created a production VNS3 to Azure connection.

Outcome
Cohesive Networks support teams helped the company set up a VPN between the customer and the Azure subnet, where VNS3 maps the public IP address to the internal IP address. As their customers grow, they plan to add more connections.

Healthcare and Point-of-Care Solutions

Geography

Europe

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
The company needed a centralized, HIPAA-compliant VPN service for all customer applications.

Solution
VNS3 provided a mix of dedicated and shared secure overlay networks, based on the needs of each end customer. They used VNS3 high availability features to ensure seamless recovery without the company’s intervention. Each end customer had a dedicated tunnel to the VNS3 Controllers and additional VNS3 firewall protection for each end customer’s traffic.

Outcome
With other VPN solutions, they could not recover a VPN without a customer intervention and increased down time after an EC2 instance failed or an elastic IP was released.  VNS3 enables seamless recovery without customer intervention.

Chain Link Fence Systems

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Other

Problem
The fence company offers a cloud-based fence estimator, based in AWS. In order to connect their application to other customers and partners, they needed a site-to-site-VPN as well as a multi-tool firewall and router that could use NAT-Traversal to connect multiple VPC subnets.

Solution
Working on a project with another Cohesive Networks customer, the company began using VNS3 internally.

Outcome
With help from the Cohesive Networks support team, the company connected to their mutual partner using VNS3. They have since expanded their VNS3 usage to add device peering between VNS3 Controllers and multiple IPsec tunnels.

Distributed Solar Power Provider in Africa

Geography

Africa

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Energy

Problem
The company needed to connect to solar power providers in Africa via a secure communications link. The number of different devices and settings fielded by the distributed group of providers created an interoperability problem.

Solution
VNS3 allowed the energy reseller to establish secure connections to a wide range of devices running in their distributed solar power provider network.

Outcome
The company connects together a disparate group of power providers in order to  provide pre-paid solar energy at an incredibly affordable price to the mass market in Africa.

Data for Healthcare Management

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The company uses big data and analytics to offer predictive modeling for healthcare and labor management. Their AWS based solutions must connect to HIPPA compliant providers and partners.

Solution
The company began using VNS3 in the AWS Marketplace to connect their AWS resources to partners and customers over encrypted IPsec tunnels.

Outcome
Over 2 years ago their IT team spun up a VNS3 instance in AWS to connect their data sets. The same instance is still running today.

Electronic Medical Records System

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
The company creates a comprehensive, fully integrated Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software solution for medical fields, billing services, and long-term care. Their underlying systems must be HCFA 1500, UB-04, and HIPAA-compliant with end-to-end encrypted security connections.

Solution
In order to connect their resources to both partners and end customers, the company usds VNS3 for multiple IPsec encrypted tunnels.

Outcome
The company began with the VNS3:vpn edition, then a POC license, with plans to upgrade with additional endpoints and connections.

Largest Ethanol Producer in the Philippines

Geography

Asia

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Energy

Problem
The largest integrated sugar business and the biggest ethanol producer in the Philippines. Their IT team needed to connect their Sophos Cyberoam on-premise site to resources in Microsoft Azure.

Solution
Their IT team found VNS3 online, and began with a VNS3:vpn edition. VNS3 enabled them to connect their Cyberoam on-premise using VPN dynamic routing with IKE2.

Outcome
After working with the Cohesive Support team they upgraded to a VNS3 SME edition to connect multiple sites concurrently via Azure VPN.

IT & AWS Migration Consultants

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

SI

Problem
In their work connecting customers to the Amazon AWS cloud, the company runs into network and connectivity issues bridging legacy devices, multiple AWS regions, and industry regulation security parameters.

Solution
VNS3 helps the company’s customers use cloud without any additional migration headaches. Initially called in for VPN solutions, they now use VNS3 to mange routing and security projects.

Outcome
The company currently uses VNS3 with two end customers. As they grow their AWS customers, VNS3:ms and VNS3:ha will help them manage and failover their customers’ environments.

R&D in Telecommunications

Geography

Africa

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile / Telco

Problem
For a proof of concept with a telecom customer, the company needed to connect via for regulatory purposes.

Solution
The POC began smoothly, running 2 linux servers behind a Cisco ASA firewall and connecting via VNS3 to servers in AWS.

Outcome
They successfully tested VNS3 in the customer POC, and plans to use VNS3 SME editions in the future as they connect to more telecom partners and customers.

Health Data for Providers

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
With over 8 years of clinical data for millions of patients in Florida, the company works with 2 major health systems to make data available for providers to identify high risk patients and ways to intervene. Data security is paramount but budgets are limited.

Solution
In order to comply with HIPAA requirements for data encryption at rest and in motion, they needed a VPN with added security and the ability to connect complex networks.

Outcome
With help from Cohesive Networks support and services team, they got set up with a multi tenant model. They plan to connect 4 IPSec VPNS currently and grow to 20 to 30 within next year.

Wales' Largest Used Car Sales Company

Geography

Europe

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The company was running a Microsoft Azure connected via VPN to their local network. As they grew their cloud footprint, they needed to extend Azure’s capabilities across all their sites using a VPN connection. They chose Azure to connect to an Active Directory controller to 5 or 6 Car Dealership sites.

Solution
Through a partner SI, the company used VNS3 to connect and extend their hybrid network across local legacy network appliance to cloud-based resources in multiple Azure regions.

Outcome
A referral from Microsoft Azure grew from a free trial edition into a growing VPN project. The customer now connects 5 or 6 separate physical sites to a singular virtual azure network using static routing and dynamic routing.

Antispyware, Antivirus and Mobile Security

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The company wanted to have global reach for their cloud-based threat protection and virus scanning system.  Additionally, they wanted global redundancy using multiple cloud data centers with the potential for multiple cloud providers, all on what appears to be a global cloud WAN. Connection to existing data centers and network operations center were also important.

Solution
VNS3 created a global, virtual WAN with common address space, address mobility, multicast and secure encryption throughout. They also needed to integrate with their physical data center infrastructure and network operations.

Outcome
End customers were able to access critical infrastructure “in region” without having to wait for inter-continental lag times. The company offered these services with global redundancy at dramatically lower cost than establishing additional physical infrastructure sites.

Predictive Analytics for Healthcare Insights

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The predictive analytics company focuses on health. While they heavily use AWS for data analytics, the company needed additional secure connectivity to transmit their data.

Solution
They company uses VNS3 to ensure more than 60 AWS instances have the required secure connectivity.

Outcome
The company uses VNS3 to connect their current RDS and MySQL resources in Amazon into a single, secure network.

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