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Ananda to Rebuild Networking and Security Models

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, August 21, 2020

Adi Ruppin, Founder & CEO, Ananda Networks

Ananda Networks is changing the old networking and security models by showing how enterprises can extend their perimeter to allow easier, faster, and more secure access to all cloud and on-prem resources for all users.

FREMONT, CA: A cloud-based service with a Slack-like interface that finds the best internet connections for any type of enterprise use case, Ananda shows users how to make the connections, then remembers them for future use. The new network software provider wants its customers to experience ‘network bliss,’ which is what the name of the company means in Sanskrit.

The San Francisco-based startup, describing itself as the first cloud-managed service that allows organizations to create their own private networks, also announces that it has secured $6 million in seed funding from MizMaa Ventures, Citrix Systems, Gefen Capital, Cyber Mentor Fund, GreatPoint Ventures, South Korean cybersecurity firm Jiran, J-Ventures, and individual investors. So it is a big day for a small company.

Today, organizations need to put Band-aids on the network in order to do business. Enterprises need the firewalls, the VPNs, the SD-WANs, and so on for security usually. Ananda is recreating how the network works, rather than making another patch. The company provisions its customers to create their own private network on top of the internet. They can connect their distributed workforce, cloud services, LANs, mobile devices, no matter where they are, and it looks and feels like they are in a LAN. At its core, Ananda is a cloud-based service that finds the best internet connections for any type of enterprise use case, shows users how to make the connections, then remembers them for future use. It also secures transactions from beginning to end and all the mode connections in between. Automation is the vital descriptor here.

Key features of the Ananda Networks service include faster speed (leverages advanced communication protocols to provide unmatched performance), end-to-end security (provides native zero-trust networking and micro-segmentation), and simplicity (easy to set up and use as a Slack channel or a group messaging app).

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