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Aryaka: Democratizing the WAN

CIO VendorShawn Farshchi, President & CEO
Businesses today are surging towards streamlining data flow and communication by leveraging computer networks that can scale geographical distances. A legacy approach like ‘Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)’ to optimize network, pushes enterprises over compromising on cost, agility and deployment timelines. Whereas, newer SD-WAN solutions forces users to purchase MPLS switches separately or else make them compromise to the performance, by establishing connection onto an unreliable congested public internet for the mission-critical activities. Adding to the current conditions prevailing in the enterprise WAN landscape, Shawn Farshchi, President and CEO of Aryaka explains, “Enterprises today are looking for an alternative to the rigidity and unpredictability of their network architecture, which is comprised of MPLS and legacy WAN solutions.”

Aryaka, a WAN-as-a-Service provider has been disrupting the Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) landscape since its inception years ago at Milpitas, California. Having years of experience in empowering businesses with a high-performance WAN solution, the company has also endowed its SD-WAN with built-in multi-tenant, and private network which is simple to use as internet. To the challenges said by Shawn earlier, Ashwath Nagraj, CTO, and Co-Founder, Aryaka adds, “Building our own SD-WAN technology over a global private network and adding WAN Optimization enables us to effectively address these performance bottlenecks and also reduce network complexity at branch offices.”

As public internet is a shared medium of communication, enterprises leveraging such internet for their corporate utilities face packet loss and encounter an increased latency. Further, lagging in the enterprise network makes it difficult for the user to access application and information in the cloud. Grabbing this drawback as an opportunity in the age of proliferating cloud services and SaaS applications, Aryaka offers its client with SmartConnect, a WAN optimization as-a-Service application.

Innovating SD-WAN technology to transform the way collaboration happens within the enterprise


SmartConnect provides global connectivity and accelerates the application performance, delivering a smooth and consistent user experience. This enterprise-grade WAN optimization application offers seamless branch connectivity; with deployment time reduced from days to few hours. Additionally, Aryaka’s SmartCDN, a content delivery network for dynamically accelerating web application ensures best– in-class network uptime availability with content security and has the capability to absorb multiple Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

Internet is pervasive, but with countless users connected to the same network from across the globe increases the latency and develops network congestion and packet loss. Same issue was encountered by Augmedix, a San Francisco-based company that simplifies the method doctors use to create Electronic Health Records (EHR) with a HIPAA-compliant and technology-enabled solution for physicians. The digital services in Augmedix is highly network-centric were the doctor’s narration with their scribes located in different location is carried out through a VMware cloud data center located in the U.S. which leverages a remote desktop-based Internet of Things (IoT) application. The scribes across the globe then use the information to produce health records and documentations. When rise in latency of the corporate network was observed, Augmedix sought to deploy MPLS switches onto the network but the implementation was brought down as MPLS prevented control and managing of the partner network. Later the MPLS was replaced with Aryaka Network’s global SD-WAN which ensured smooth user experience with enterprise-class private connectivity between all the offices and branches of Augmedix located geographically. It reduced Augmedix’s network downtime and packet loss; Aryaka also offered 24/7 CCIE-level customer support to its customers.

Offering SD-WAN solutions and partnering with IT giants—Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), are the secret sauce for Aryaka’s success. Further, Aryaka plans to innovate SD-WAN technology, transforming the way collaboration happens within the enterprise.