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Aryaka: A Disruptor in the Enterprise WAN Space

Durgesh Prakash
Monday, April 6, 2015
Durgesh Prakash
When Aryaka was founded in 2009, cloud computing was just beginning to pick up momentum within the enterprise. Yet, Aryaka saw a major opportunity to disrupt the business class networking space. By moving expensive, complicated technologies, such as WAN Optimization, to the cloud and offering it as a service, Aryaka could bring these technologies to a broader section of the market.

Before Aryaka, only the largest enterprises those with enough resources to throw both money and IT personnel at the problem could afford long haul networking and optimization services. With Aryaka, the mid-market could now compete on a level playing field with large enterprise players.

Back in 2009, this seemed like a risky move. But in hindsight, it's clear that Aryaka founder Ajit Gupta timed the launch of his new company perfectly especially now that even the incumbent networking players are following Aryaka's lead, hunting for ways to transform their networking hardware into services.

Since its founding, Aryaka has emerged as the primary disruptor in the global enterprise WAN space.

For today's globalized workforce, it is crucial for enterprises to communicate and share information to their branch offices to attain optimal productivity in their daily operations. Private networks such as MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) have, until recently, been the sole resource for WAN connectivity. The MPLS links interconnected data centers and branches and offered a lot of advantages, such as any-to-any connectivity and Carrier WAN routing.

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