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.

Partner / Customer Network

Our customers use VNS3 and public clouds as “points of presence” to deliver global, multi-tenant business services without the costs of traditional hardware, networking gear, or data centers.

ETC Group

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Energy

Problem
ETC Group provides energy efficiency analytics tied to building system data. Rather than have their customers open up firewall rules to the public internet, the company sought out IPsec VPN solutions.
Solution
For customers who do not deploy the ETC Group server within their network, VNS3 gives more options for secure connectivity to cloud-based servers, external servers, and even future IoT devices outside the network.
Outcome
“The great thing about VNS3 is that we can learn the platform and the setup and replicate it to those different firewalls rather than customizing it each time,” said MacArthur. ETC Group can then speed up time to connect to customers and reduce operational complexity.

Foley Carrier Services

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
Foley Carrier Services had rapid cloud migration timeline to move from on-premise to Amazon AWS, but needed more flexibility to connect and grow their network during and after their migration.

Solution
VNS3 allowed Foley to customize their cloud network setup and connect multiple sites to their AWS VPC environment.

Outcome
Within days, the Cohesive Networks team helped Foley Carrier Services set up flexible VPN tunnels to connect over 100 customers to their AWS environment. As the business grows, Foley plans to add even more VPN clients and AWS regions to their network with VNS3.

MTech Communications

Geography

Africa

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile/Telco

Problem
Mobile SMS bridge operator wanted to integrate SMS infrastructure of multiple national carriers throughout Africa. The patchwork of national and trans-national carriers makes SMS connectivity difficult, and carrier partners require direct connections. In order to eradicate carrier barriers and integrate SMS networks, MTech needed to add direct connect networking to the AWS EC2-based resources.

Solution

  • Provided a partner connectivity network with cloud-only infrastructure
  • Made the SMS integrator “look like a telco” through VNS3 overlay networking
  • Met demands of carrier subscribers with VNS3 virtual network router and firewall
  • Allowed traditional IPsec, BGP peering, and a dedicated block of public IPv4 addresses available as part of the “virtual” LAN infrastructure

Outcome 

MTech now saves over $2,000 a month in infrastructure costs, nearly 40% of their monthly overhead. Their AWS-based platform lets telecom operator customers easily connect without any dedicated physical infrastructure. Simplified network management has freed up network engineers to expand the business as mobile content evolves.

Sigma Móviles

Geography

S America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile/Telco

Problem
Sigma Móviles uses Microsoft Azure to host and connect their mobile application development services around the world. With basic Virtual Network adapters in Azure, the virtual network settings did not allow for the full flexibility the customer and their partners needed.

Solution
After considering the costs of owning and managing Tier 1 infrastructure, Sigma Móviles opted to use the Azure cloud with VNS3. They connect their virtual machines (VMs) to partners over VPN using secure, encrypted IPsec tunnels with VNS3.

Outcome
Sigma Móviles has been able to save on CapEx expenses and up front costs associated with dedicated internet connections and server infrastructure. Their Azure migration not have been possible without VNS3.

Banking Products for Online and Mobile Channels

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company wanted to connect many mobile banking and financial customers to a common infrastructure. Their multi-tenant infrastructure enabled them to serve many customers from a common platform, but needed secure connectivity with minimal complexity.

Solution
VNS3 created a connection “edge” enveloping the customer’s multi-tenant deployment in cloud infrastructure.  Simultaneously, VNS3 allowed them to use a “security lattice” approach to encrypt critical data-in-motion.

Outcome
The company was able to bring its clients quickly to its cloud-based banking platform. They are now focused with greater intensity on improving the platform as a result of being able to connect to their customers using standard IPSec equipment including Cisco, Juniper, Checkpoint, Watchguard, Nortel and more.

Global Leader in Loyalty Management

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3:turret

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The company needed to connect multiple third party data centers to their cloud-hosted loyalty data and application servers.

Solution
VNS3 created IPsec VPN connections to each data center. Overlay network capabilities isolated and encrypted all data and application servers.

Outcome
The company reduces infrastructure by moving their on-premise application to the cloud, while maintaining the same control over their topology and security standards.

Online Investment Platforms

Geography

Europe

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company provides investing platforms for advisors, DIY investors, and institutions. The company needed an alternative to AWS to establish a VPN in a production environment between their AWS resources and on-premises datacenter.

Solution
VNS3 set up the company with an overlay network VPN using 2 IPsec tunnels. The tunnels connected a secondary backup route to AWS via Direct Connect.

Outcome
The company began their VPN connection immediately with a VNS3:net Lite Edition to establish twin tunnels to UK data centers.

Secure Banking Products for Mobile

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The banking products company needed to migrate workloads to AWS but the VPN services inside Amazon limited their ability to access remote servers.

Solution
VNS3 allows them to use additional connections for each customer IP address, change the pre-shared key (PSK), and connect multiple VPN endpoints in a single region.

Outcome
The compay can now interoperate with multiple VPNs seamlessly and have multiple connections to the same remote VPN server from different VPCs.

German Grocery Delivery Service

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Other

Problem
Germany’s shopping e-commerce site needed to connect to partners, but could not specify the encryption domains using AWS VPC alone.
Solution
VNS3 helped the company to use encryption domains for an IPsec tunnel connected to their partner. Their VPN traffic also was able to use public IP addresses, thanks to VNS3.

Outcome
The company had been using VNS3:vpn (free edition) in the AWS Marketplace, and within a few weeks upgraded to 2 VNS3 Lite Editions, one for testing and one for development.

Mobile App Developer

Geography

Asia

Product Used

VNS3:vpn

Vertical

Mobile / Telco

Problem
The company wanted to connect their cloud-based app servers to portfolio of APAC telco partners (revenue sources). The company had to use exact IP addresses (private LANs) as dictated by partners. They needed to keep customer traffic separate and isolated and use standard extra-net technology.

Solution

  • VNS3 created a segmented overlay network capable of running in multiple regions if needed
  • Instance-based solution used pay-as-you-go virtual appliances
  • Overlay enforced partner segmentation and allowed customer to define their own address pools as dictated by partners
  • Guaranteed encryption for all customer session tokens and payment information data in motion

Outcome
They company created secure, attested POPs in multiple regions that pass security tests. They abstracted from the cloud vendors’ address scheme to create a scalable, pay as you go solution that matched the business model.

Education Infrastructure Connectivity

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Other

Problem
The public school system worked with another Cohesive Networks customer, but struggled to connect their Cisco devices. Cohesive’s customer uses VNS3 to provide secure access to AWS servers, but the school’s Cisco struggled to connect.

Solution
Cohesive Networks Support quickly responded to the Infrastructure Services team at the school district to troubleshoot the connectivity issue between the Cohesive Networks customer, the Schools’ Cisco VPN and AWS-based resources.

Outcome
The Public School system was able to add 24-bit and 32-bit networks to their partner-customer VPN after Cohesive Support helped overcome the AWS VPC route table limits.

Unified Clinical Trial Software and Consulting

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
In order to provide their clinical trial software platform, the company traditionally used multicast. UDP multicast is disabled in most public clouds, including AWS.

Solution
The company created two VNS3 environments in Amazon: one for staging, and one for production. VNS3 also re-enabled UDP multicast between the two environments inside AWS.

Outcome
Now the company uses VNS3 to connect their AWS-based cluster and multicast to find and monitor the members of the cluster.

US “Over-the-Counter” Trading Software

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company provides an AWS-based trading platform software that enables firms to use derivatives to hedge interest rate risks in a Dodd-Frank compliant manner. They needed to connect multiple endpoints into AWS, but was limited by VPC endpoint maximums.

Solution
Trek10, Cohesive Networks SI partner, helped them migrate to the Amazon cloud and recommended VNS3. As their cloud use case grew more complex, they recommended using VNS3:ms and VNS3:ha for network management and high availability.

Outcome
Trek10 helped the company migrate from AWS test environments to production, using VNS3 at every step.

UK’s Largest Mobile Retailer

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile / Telco

Problem
Telecom retail and services giant wanted to productize their mobile, fixed line and broadband provisioning software. They built out their offering as a SaaS offering in AWS but needed added security and connectivity.

Solution
VNS3 secured all public and private VLAN traffic for each customer deployment allowing adherence to international Data Protection Standards.

Outcome
The company successfully built out an overlay network over the top of existing mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) infrastructure to connect their MVNO carrier partners and their MVNO brand.

Electronic Health Records for iPad, Apple Watch

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
A provider of EHR (Electronic Health Records) as-a-Service needed to be able to connect to doctors’ offices and medical clinics in order to provide services.  While the end-user application, for doctors and nurses, can be accessed over the Internet, the integration with ‘practice’ or ‘clinic’ infrastructure presented different challenges.

Solution
VNS3 was used to provide “practice to cloud” connectivity infrastructure allowing the customer’s EHR offering to be integrated with its many customers.

Outcome
The company was able to more quickly and easily connect its customers to its cloud-based services.

Global E-Commerce Marketplace

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Other

Problem
The multinational e-commerce company provides both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales services. They wanted to connect one of their US data centers to multiple Amazon VPC regions with routing between all. AWS limitations prevent routing to multiple VPC endpoints or private subnet overlap.

Solution
VNS3 overlay networks allowed multiple site connections to a single region, as well as high availability for region failover.

Outcome
The company connected their data center to 4 US Amazon regions, with a plan to expand to APAC.

Global Prepaid Solution for Mobile

Geography

Europe

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile / Telco

Problem
The company wanted to use cloud computing to extend the reach of their pre-paid cards, money transfers, and lottery services. They needed to securely connect to traditional financial services, telecoms and regional distribution partners.

Solution
VNS3 established a cloud-based partner network with secure network edge connectivity, encrypted data-in-motion, and integrated partner service solutions.

Outcome
The company confidently and securely extended its services to additional partners and distribution channels. They gained deeper confidence in the security of their customer and partner information assets.

Investments and Online Trading

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company needed to migrate existing VPNs to LexisNexis. A development VPN in the production account needed to migrate to a new VPC in a different account. The second VPN was a production VPN also needed to migrate to an existing Amazon VPC.

Solution
Cohesive Networks SI partner Six Nines recommended VNS3 to migrate and connect to LexisNexis. Cohesive support teams helped the SI migrate the IPsec endpoints and smoothly transition the VPNs.

Outcome
Once LexisNexis completed a new IPsec configuration of the backend of the VPN, the customer was able to connect in 1 day.

ERP and CRM Solutions for Enterprises

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The ERP vendor wanted to turn a traditional software solution into a cloud-based, subscription SaaS offering. The company needed security, connectivity and flexibility when migrating from customer on-premise installations to public cloud.        

Solution
VNS3 allowed the company to gain multi-tenancy without re-architecting their application. They guaranteed secure customer data and kept control with integrated NOC services across clouds.

Outcome
VNS3 let the company shift data center complexities away from clients to reinvent their subscription SaaS business model.

SMS, Email and Web Advertising Services

Geography

S America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile / Telco

Problem
To deliver their self-managed web platform for end customers to send bulk mail and SMS the company needed a way to connect VPN site-to-site tunnels using a public IP as the encryption domain.

Solution
VNS3 provides encrypted IPsec and NAT-T tunnels between the company and their end customers.

Outcome
After an initial test, the company successfully connected their IPsec tunnels to a major South American telecom provider.

Mobile Application Development Platform

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The company needed to create both single tenant and multi-tenant environments in AWS to connect their mobile application development platform to customers.

Solution
The company resells VNS3 to end customers, giving them the ability to specify encryption pre-shared keys, encrypt data in motion within AWS EC2 and VPC, use higher 256-bit encryption, enable multicast protocols, directly monitor network interfaces, and easily fail over to other VNS3 devices within the AWS region for high availability.

Outcome
The company delivers secure, highly available, IPsec connectivity for customers to connect to their servers running in AWS.

Corporate Performance Management Software

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The company’s performance management reporting and analysis, budgeting, planning, forecasting, and consolidation software focuses on healthcare, IT, and government customers. They tried to use AWS hardware VPN, but ran into network overlap issues.

Solution
The company evaluated VNS3 to establish a VPN connection to one of their regulated clients. They used VNS3 to establish 2 IPsec tunnels via the same endpoint within the network.

Outcome
The company began using VNS3 in production in less than 2 months and upgraded for additional VPN connections within 6 months.

Major Mutual Fund Manager

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
One of the most recognized mutual fund families wanted to compute financial metrics beyond their internal infrastructure. Because of security demands surrounding data and algorithmic routines it was vital that all data in motion and at rest be encrypted.

Solution
Cohesive Networks’s VNS3 and services helped them connect data center applications to secure cloud-based compute grids on demand. With public cloud VLAN isolation, VNS3 added full end-to-end encryption and a highly available network. VNS3 segments applications deployed to the private data center allowing the customer to enforce security policies at the application layer.

Outcome
The company was able to compute new financial metric sets which had never been available to them before – incorporating the results in on-demand reports providing greater information and satisfaction to their clients. With VNS3, the company meets PCI and FIMSA requirements while saving on the costs of physical infrastructure.

HIPAA Compliant Apps for Hospitals

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
In order to deliver their secure, web-based applications for hospitals and retail pharmacies the company needed to ensure connectivity for customers connecting to AWS-based resources.

Solution
With each new hospital and pharmacy, the company uses VNS3 to connect their new customers over IPsec tunnels.

Outcome
The customer has successfully connected over 15 new end customers around the country using VNS3, including major research hospitals and medical centers.

Website and App Developers

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
A website and app developer needed to deliver a cloud-based application to a customer concerned with data security. The application was built in the cloud, and the company required secure connectivity and encrypted communication in the cloud.

Solution
VNS3 accommodated the end-user’s requirements for the security in cloud and secure communication to cloud.

Outcome
VNS3 helped them quickly deploy other cloud-based applications to security-sensitive customers.

Managed Health Care Preferred Provider

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Healthcare

Problem
The company wanted to integrate multiple existing data centers to their cloud deployments to reach more healthcare management systems customers.

Solution
VNS3 created a virtual network that integrated MultiPlan’s cloud deployments and multiple physical centers.

Outcome
The company was able to extend the value and reach of a mature, traditional hosted offering into the cloud, allowing greater flexibility and improved time to market.

Specialist Security SI

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

SI

Problem
The company specializes in security services. They wanted to use cloud for a new set of offerings. Given their reputation in their market, it was critical they secure services beyond standard cloud offerings, especially when connecting partner networks to their cloud-based infrastructure.

Solution
VNS3 was used to construct a secure infrastructure in a public cloud, configured using a security lattice approach. This allowed encrypted data-in-motion, additional firewalling, and the ability to integrate multiple existing data centers.

Outcome
The company was able to leverage cloud, deliver new services, reduce investment in new physical infrastructure – all with the confidence that their security brand strength would not be put at risk.

Market Intelligence and Research Firm

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
The digital marketing firm needed to connect two unique, isolated tunnels between back-end servers and separate customers.

Solution
Using VNS3, the company was able to define a customer IP address range, connect using encrypted IPsec tunnels, and keep traffic separate between the two IPsec tunnels.

Outcome
Since using VNS3, the company has grown and upgraded to increase the number of connections.

Identity Access Management SaaS

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

ISV

Problem
The company wanted to provide Personal Identity Management-as-a-Service in the cloud.

Solution
VNS3 isolated each end customer’s IAM management solution and provided encryption for all data-in-motion. Secure connectivity allowed integration / access to existing on-premise IAM systems.

Outcome
The company used VNS3 to isolate and secure each of their end customers’ Identity Management solutions deployed in the cloud.

Food Tracking Technologies

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The Ag Tech company built a cloud-based SaaS business engine to track produce and eggs from farm to consumer. The company needed to connect an intra-regional SQL Failover Cluster across multiple availability zones.

Solution
Through their solutions integrator, the company began using VNS3 to build an overlay network. Their big data solution in AWS can connect to customer application via separate, secure IPsec tunnels.

Outcome
A single VNS3 instance connects AWS regions to create failover for an intra-regional SQL Failover cluster.

Cloud Supply Chain Governance and Control

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The company team needed to modernize their data visualization and analytics software delivery methods to allow customers around the world to connect to a software version of their offerings.

Solution
VNS3 provided IPsec tunnels to create secure virtual network to deliver the company’s  Cloud solutions to customer environments. 

Outcome
The company provides their software as a desktop, cloud or platform version. The VNS3 plug-in container technology allows them to run additional network functions inside the same VNS3 instance, saving runtime costs.

Logistics & TMS

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Big Data

Problem
The company needed to modernize and move a 6 server stack to AWS while connecting to existing and updated IP addresses. The company had 2 discrete ISP carriers to connect to a single VPN across AWS regions.

Solution
With 2 ISPs, the company set up 2 VNS3 Controllers to ensure reliable failover between IPsec tunnels .   

Outcome
The company began with a VNS3 Lite edition for a proof of concept, after a few weeks of testing and support from Cohesive Networks, the company successfully migrated their resources to AWS and has updated to VNS3 SME edition for added tunnels.

Data Center & Managed Network Operator

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Other

Problem
The building, train station, was converted into a private and multi-tenant data center in the 1980s. In order to offer network management and colocation services, they needed enhanced VPN features.

Solution
SI partner Trek10 introduced the company to Cohesive Networks. VNS3 could help them connect the carrier partners to end customers using colocation, private data center and managed network services.

Outcome
A simple VNS3:vpn (free edition) helped the team at the customer connect a secure IPsec tunnel between the AWS-based resources and the end customers’ endpoints.

Voice Over IP (VOIP) and Softphone Telecom

Geography

Middle East

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Mobile / Telco

Problem
The company invented voice over IP (VOIP) telephony with their flagship brand. They needed to connect to non RFC 1918 IP addresses (public IP address blocks) over virtual networks.

Solution
The company found VNS3:vpn in the AWS Marketplace. Cohesive Networks support helped the IT teams negotiate connections using public IP addresses for VNS3 encrypted domains.

Outcome
Using peered VNS3 SME editions, the company was able to reach from the simulated customer network using public IP addresses to and from the AWS-based EIP address.

Mobile Marketing for Restaurants & Dining

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Problem
A data-driven personalized mobile marketing company needed to connect their Amazon AWS VPC based application to a bank’s Checkpoint device. The Bank required public IP addresses for the encryption domain.

Solution
Cohesive Networks SI partner Six Nines IT recommended VNS3 to connect public IPs to AWS, and worked with the Cohesive Support team to troubleshoot connections with a Checkpoint firewall.

Outcome
The company successfully built a tunnel using IKEv2 between a StrongSwan device and VNS3 and demonstrated the NETMAP capabilities of VNS3. From an initial test to production set up, the project took less than a month and grew to 16 tunnels.

Hospitality Property Management

Geography

N America

Product Used

VNS3

Vertical

Other

Problem
The company is a hotel property management company that also offers operational and management services for other hospitality organizations. They needed a secure, encrypted connection between customer locations and their AWS based management resources.

Solution
Through Cohesive Networks’ SI partner Trek10, the company found VNS3.  A single IPsec tunnel connected their AWS resources within a few weeks.

Outcome
The customer began with one VNS3 Lite Edition Controller in AWS US East, and plans to grow in the next year.

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