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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted February 14, 2014
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How Cloud-based Services Help Virtual Companies Thrive

As workers become more mobile, IT pros are working overtime to provide employees with easy remote access to behind-the-firewall company files and resources. But brick and mortar operations aren't the only ones struggling to cope with this shifting work landscape.

Take Max Maxwell, for instance. He's a service-disabled veteran who operates SANDIGITAL, a software company just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, he started SANDIGITAL alongside a software developer friend, with the goal of providing customized, database-driven applications for small businesses. It's a fast-growing operation with one interesting characteristic: It doesn't have any sort of home office. And its founders don't want one.

Max created SANDIGITAL to be entirely virtual, allowing his team of seven employees to work from their own homes. Ask Max why he prefers things this way and he'll give a dozen strong reasons, many of which center on cost effectiveness. Unfortunately, this virtual setup did come with a few not-so-minor complications.

While trying to develop an efficient, secure virtual infrastructure, Max experimented with several different web-based networking tools. The problem was that because SANDIGITAL didn't have a central office location, Max routinely ran into connectivity and productivity issues.

To keep things running at full speed, he needed a way to ensure that all of the company's information, tools and files converged into a single place. What's more, in order for SANDIGITAL to acquire federal contracts, the company had to show that its data was secure.

Frustrated with limited options, he tried out cloud-based services such as Google+, Teamviewer, GoToMyPC,, Skype and GoToMeeting. But since most were strictly PC-compatible, Max's team had to use virtual machines for countless different tasks. They also tried Microsoft's SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync and Dropbox, but had difficulty using links to share files. Ultimately, cloud-specific apps didn't allow SANDIGITAL to function the way it needed to and something had to change.

Since Max's company has no physical location and relatively limited resources, traditional VPN was not going to cut it. Because Pertino cloud-based VPN deploys in minutes without any on-premise hardware or configuration, it met SANDIGITAL's needs without breaking the budget.

Easy to manage, grow, and afford, cloud-based VPN has helped Max's business grow to where it is today. With cloud VPN, Max can run his company the way he envisioned it: as a 100% virtual enterprise. He spends less time on IT networking maintenance and upgrades, and more time with his kids, and he is it allows him to thrive despite having a disability. For SANDIGITAL, and Max himself, networking in the cloud makes life a whole lot easier.

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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