Calgary Canada, and Hsinchu Taiwan– April 8th , 2020 –Accton Technology and Wedge Networks have collaborated to port Wedge’s AI-based Absolute Real-time Protection (WedgeARP™) software system to Accton’s high-performance, open uCPE platforms. This joint solution enables MSSPs and business customers to deploy end-to-end secure SD-WAN across their entire organizations, thus achieving rapid growth and cost savings demanded by today’s real-time enterprises. The solution has been validated through a successful piloting with Modern Beauty Supplies, one of the best managed nation-wide retailers in Canada, which has storefronts from coast to coast.
With centrally managed policies, best-of-breed threat intelligence, and intuitive analytics, this solution orchestrates deep inspection-based security VNFs (Virtual Network Functions) either on small footprint uCPEs or in enterprise/service provider data centers to deliver high performance and high efficacy security services from the edge to the cloud. Specifically, the deep learning threat prevention engines in WedgeARP™ can autonomously block advanced threats in real-time and at the network edge, thus bring tremendous savings in both time and capital for the business owners.
Modern Beauty Supplies, Canada’s leading beauty supplies retailer, has been bucking retail trends since its establishment in 1986, growing to many locations across Canada. Modern Beauty needed a robust, secure operational network connecting its many showrooms and satellite offices to be an ultra-efficient real-time enterprise.
“Modern Beauty prides itself in its unmatched customer-first focus, providing quality, leading edge products, and at the most affordable pricing. We rely on automation and fiercely loyal and hardworking employees to deliver uncompromised customer services. Our growth requires us to continuously invest in an IT infrastructure that streamlines our flow of products from the supply chain all the way to the consumer and beauty services professionals. We needed a solution that can be effectively managed with integrated security functions situated close to where they are needed, that is cost effective and robust. The innovation from Wedge Networks and Accton allows us to address this need,” remarked Mike Jomaa, Founder & CEO of Modern Beauty Solutions.
“Like any other customer-facing business, we are targeted with cyberattacks – continued probing for vulnerabilities, ransomware, phishing, to name a few. After deploying WedgeARP™ to protect our HQ network we immediately reaped the benefit of stopping such attacks; providing the same level of security across our branch offices is the goal of this piloting. We leaned on Wedge and Accton and are very happy that they have delivered this solid solution. Before this innovation, the options available to us were to either deploy branch firewalls, which offer minimal security feature sets that are not a match to the level of cyberattacks we experience, or to tunnel back all branch office traffic to HQ where traffic can be services by our HQ network,” added Amer Jomaa, COO of Modern Beauty Solutions.
“The combination of Accton’s high performance and open uCPE platforms and the WedgeARP™ software delivers a best-of-breed secure SD-WAN solution that is demanded by distributed, cloud connected businesses world-wide,” explained Michael Lane, Vice President of Accton Technology. “This innovation is a testament of the shared vision of both partners and our abilities to design and develop high quality uCPE platforms with advanced security functions. It will allow both partners to better serve their respective customers.”
“Accton and Wedge have been working together to address the demands of distributed businesses to effectively manage their security, at the WAN, the new emerging security services edge in the cloud. Modern Beauty is a model of today’s visionary, successful businesses that uses information technologies and automation to focus on serving their customers’ needs anytime and anywhere,” said Dr. Husam Kinawi, Chief Scientist and President of Wedge Networks. “With their rapid growth, Modern Beauty challenged us to provide a robust solution to cost effectively manage and secure their ever-expanding network edge. We are proud of our work with Mike and the team at Modern Beauty which resulted in this world class innovation for securing SD-WANs, and more importantly, for securing the cloud connected world.”