"We are a value added complement - a new part of the defense in depth strategy for securing cloud and data center infrastructure. Our product, VNS3, is a software-only network security appliance that creates a security perimeter around individual application deployments," says Kerpan. The foundation to Cohesive's security approach is 'all encryption.' "Our specialty is - encryption in and around clouds - a model we first introduced to our public cloud customers that we are now bringing down to the data center. As cyberattacks become more professional, no server, whether in the cloud or data center can interact with another unencrypted," affirms Kerpan. Cohesive Networks address security challenges at the application level using the VNS3 product family, what they call an Application Security Controller for complete network security and monitoring.
"The increasing complexity of IT systems increases the potential vectors for attack. Apart from standard security protocols, there is a contrasting difference between people with an application-centric vs. network-centric view of IT security," says Kerpan. Though security and networking companies talk about application-centric capabilities, in many cases the solutions focus on the data center edge. This can create a user experience where operations staff cannot understand the totality of the applications deployed and security controls in force.
Cohesive Networks has helped clients in public cloud and private data center secure applications, migrate entire data centers and connect and secure hybrid deployments. For instance, a large financial institution that was ‘cloud bursting’ experienced problems associated with some of the data being transferred in plain text to and within the public cloud environment. In addition to the end-to-end encryption problems, the client also faced a challenging task of deploying similar capabilities into their private data center—the hybrid cloud issue. Cohesive Network helped the client with their security and performance with a simplified hybrid solution.
Going forward, Cohesive Networks is focused on the simplification of cloud and data center networking by making things like network failover, dynamic routing, and management easier. In terms of new technology, the company will be looking towards providing IPV4 to IPV6 migrations using their virtual networking product and expertise. Future go-to-market plans look to expand reach into SA and APAC geographies.