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CloudGenix: A leader in SD-WAN solutions

“CloudGenix was built from the ground-up to solve the WAN challenges you face today that can’t be solved with yesterday’s networking gear.”

Working hard is no more the only virtue that guarantees you success in today’s cut-throat world of business and technology. But hard work when coupled with “smart work” is bound to bring you growth. Although smart work is slowly becoming a norm in the industry, there are only a few companies around that truly embody this as a virtue. CloudGenix is one among these.

CloudGenix was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans who had previously helped build multiple billion dollar businesses through their expertise in branch routing, data center, and WAN optimization. They noticed very early on that there were winds of change hitting the markets all over the world with two new entrants, cloud computing and commodity Internet access. And their intuition was quite right. With the current mood of the market driving everything towards a cloud and SaaS delivery model, legacy network architectures were fast becoming obsolete due to their complexities and technical limitations. CloudGenix identified this potential in cloud and SaaS to bring forth a radical new approach in networking, helping many businesses achieve agility and cost efficiency to maintain their competitive edge.

Building a Wide Area Network platform for the enterprise requires a very specific set of skills, and doing so with a product that fundamentally changes the way that business is managed is even more rare. With their history and success in enterprise networking and application delivery, CloudGenix has been able to do exactly this.

The challenges early on

The problem with being an innovator in any industry is that you have to work hard to win over your first handful of buyers and the perception of the industry at large. 

When CloudGenix started out, companies in the networking industry built products that had a very packet-centric approach. Every facet of building a network centered in some way, shape, or form, around details centric to a packet of data. CloudGenix breaks the mold by allowing companies to think of their network from the perspective of what matters to the business – applications, sites, user experience – rather than translating business goals into esoteric networking rules and protocols.  This has immediately set them apart not only in the community of SD-WAN vendors, but in the networking industry at large.

A leader in SD-WAN

Big companies like Cisco face the innovator’s conundrum where they find themselves in a tight spot of whether to lead innovation to cater to rising customer demands (while cannibalizing existing business) or to adapt their existing lines of business (while adapting to market changes more slowly).Generally, they constantly have to acquire smaller companies, integrate their technology, and attempt to catch up to the advances made in the market during the time spent acquiring and integrating smaller companies.

CloudGenix has none of these limitations. They focus primarily on distributed enterprise organizations with 50 or more sites (branch offices, retail stores, etc) and allow them to align their WAN with business policy. This allows confident cloud adoption, simple integration of any WAN transport, and unparalleled levels of automation. As a result of their unique application-centric focus, they have a huge number of satisfied customers and are widely considered to be the disruptor to the stodgy networking industry. Further on they have multiple times more positive reviews on Gartner’s Peer Insights platform when compared to any other company in the SD-WAN market, which substantiates the company’s position as a leader in this space.

Great times ahead

CloudGenix’s customers are quite literally household names-Fortune 1000 companies-that are constantly scaling their operations and improving efficiency. CloudGenix has long-term partnerships with these companies and is constantly evolving to serve these companies.  They’ve largely focused upon large enterprises but has realized substantial success in the small and mid-sized enterprise space too. For their customers, CloudGenix has a very important role to play when it comes to handling a highly distributed enterprise. This need coupled with their application-centric SD-WAN solution vindicates their leading position in the market.

Testimonials

 “Our backup circuits were unutilized. They were only active when the primary failed so the bandwidth was wasted. CloudGenix uses the best path for each application and uses all of our available links.”- Cooper Cash, Team lead for Branch Office Infrastructure at Teleflex

“The CloudGenix solution is reliable and works exactly as expected. We are no longer powerless when we have an issue with one of our telecos and waiting to get support. Our branch tellers and employees can keep providing service to our members.” - Matt Baldwin, I/T Director at Members Credit Union

Kumar Ramachandran, CEO and Co-founder of CloudGenix

Mr. Kumar Ramachandran has held various leadership roles in Product Management and Marketing for the multi-billion dollar branch and WAN optimization businesses at Cisco.

Before Cisco, he was in the management positions at Citibank and Provident Financial where he helped manage applications and infrastructure.

Mr. Ramachandran has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Bombay.

“We make it remarkably easy to build the WAN you need with the performance, security, compliance, and agility you demand.”

“CloudGenix was built from the ground-up to solve the WAN challenges you face today that can’t be solved with yesterday’s networking gear.”