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Cloudflare launches SD-WAN- and firewall-as-a-service, announces new partnerships

As an alternative to legacy corporate networks Cloudflare has introduced Magic WAN and Magic Firewall along with new strategic partnerships with network hardware and data center providers as part of Cloudflare One, its cloud-based network-as-a-service offering, as reported by TechRepublic.

Cloudflare explains in a press release that Magic WAN with Magic Firewall gives customers of all sizes a one-stop-shop to connect and secure data, devices, offices, cloud networks, and more without relying on hardware boxes. Magic WAN is a SaaS solution that connects any traffic source to Cloudflare’s global network for secure, fast connectivity, and Magic Firewall integrates with it to enforce security rules across all traffic. With Magic WAN and Magic Firewall, businesses can also speed up their network and add security at a fraction of the cost compared to legacy MPLS architecture.

Magic WAN is available in limited beta, and Magic Firewall is generally available for all Magic Transit customers. It is also included out-of-the-box with Magic WAN.

“Companies burn significant resources provisioning and maintaining legacy connectivity technologies like MPLS,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “With Magic WAN, we’re leveraging Cloudflare’s global network to offer reliable, faster, much more cost-effective connectivity with security built in. And by partnering with the leading SD-WAN vendors, we can ensure Magic WAN can be a drop-in replacement for legacy connectivity solutions.”

TechPublic explains that because so many organizations already have SD-WAN appliances, Cloudflare has partnered with network on-ramp providers VMware and Aruba and data center providers Arista Networks, Digital Realty, and CoreSite to help businesses move their networks to the cloud using existing hardware.

“Increased cloud adoption along with the recent pivot to remote workers has increased the volume of internet, SaaS, and IaaS traffic straining traditional network architectures such as MPLS,” said Ghassan Abdo, IDC Research vice president for WW Telecom, Virtualization and CDN. “WAN architectures that offer a global scale, integrated enterprise network security functions, and direct, secure connectivity to remote users are key to organizations looking to increase their operational agility and lower total costs of ownership.”

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