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NetFoundry’s platform makes it simple to deploy on-demand, application-specific networks which have the security and reliability of a private enterprise WAN.

Each network can be standalone or be bolted on to existing WANs to meet needs such as hybrid, cloud, IoT and XaaS without provisioning private circuits or VPNs.

NetFoundry networks are independent of the underlying network provider, and are accessed via NetFoundry software on cross-platform user devices and gateways.

NetFoundry is a Tata Communications business. Tata Communications is a $2.9 billion annual revenue company.
The Founding Team
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Galeal Zino
Founder
 
Galeal is the Founder of NetFoundry. Prior to NetFoundry, Galeal led software and engineering departments for a mix of start-ups and large multi-nationals, including Founder and President at LocalReplay, VP of Engineering at Teleglobe and VP of Development and Engineering at ITXC.

Galeal's teams helped develop and engineer the world’s largest VoIP network, and build global collaboration products. Galeal has been awarded eight patents for the software and platforms powering those products, and the patented software currently powers the services of many of the world’s top communications providers.

Galeal was born in New York, graduated from Bucknell University and currently resides in the Charlotte, NC area with his wife and their four children.
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David Hart
Co-Founder
CTO
CTO for NetFoundry, and has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is an expert in the IoT space, leading successive generations of remote connectivity platforms and solutions, playing key roles in designing, evangelizing, and realizing innovative connected product solutions. Prior to NetFoundry, Dave was CTO of the ThingWorx IoT segment at PTC, which he joined as part of the PTC’s acquisition of Axeda. As CTO of Axeda, Dave drove Axeda’s technology and product development teams continued delivery of innovative IoT platform capabilities. Prior to Axeda, Dave provided technical leadership and direction for Questra’s Intelligent Device Management platform. from product inception through the ultimate acquisition by Axeda. In addition to product development, Dave has led solution architecture, product management, and professional services organizations in ensuring the successful deployment of connected products in the marketplace. He lives near Rochester, NY, USA.
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Robert Caamano
Co-Founder
Head of Network Architecture
Responsible for global Network Architecture/Engineering for NetFoundry, Robert has over twenty years of experience, and joined NetFoundry in 2016 after a successful seventeen year career at Fujitsu Network Communications where he led many network engineering and design efforts for communications service providers, municipalities and large enterprise customers. Prior to Fujitsu, he worked as an Internetworking expert for RPM Consulting, a large east coast technology integration firm. Robert also served as a Senior Technical Associate at AT&T Solutions at their Global Client Support center in Durham, NC. Robert has been an active Cisco CCIE RS for the past 17+ years and holds an MS in Computer Science from DePaul University. Robert resides with his wife Michelle in Mooresville, NC, USA.
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Mike Kochanik
Co-Founder
Head of Global Channels and Alliances
Responsible for global channel revenue and alliances at NetFoundry, Mike brings to NetFoundry a 25-year distinguished career as a sales executive and global industry leader. He has led 5 early stage companies to successful liquidity events and the creation of greater than $500M in shareholder wealth across a wide range of emerging markets, including Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Open Source, and Cyber Security. As Chief Revenue Officer of flowthings.io, Mike led efforts to secure strategic funding and successfully launched the company into the IoT market in 2015. He built CipherCloud’s global sales organization and led the company to $35M in revenue in the first 30 months of business operation, as Vice President of World Wide Sales. At CollabNet, he founded and was General Manager of both the DevOps and Federal business units, as well having generated $100M of the company’s overall revenue during his tenure. He started is early career as a Senior Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin working on numerous DoD programs, including the US Navy Trident Missile program. Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seton Hall University. He currently resides in the New York metropolitan area with his wife and their two sons.
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James Clardy
Co-Founder
Ecosystem Lead, Industrial IoT
Responsible for global alliances and ecosystem development at NetFoundry, James is an expert in business and technical partner strategies, including business case development, agreement negotiations and execution, and coordination of field engagement. James has a background in corporate strategy, business development, technical marketing and program management, with over 25 years of experience in start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Motorola, NEC, and Siemens. During his tenure at Dell, he worked as technology strategist for the Office of the CTO, a team which envisions, designs and develops computing & communications client products ranging from desktops and notebooks to tablets, printers, displays and smartphones, as well as software, solutions, peripherals and services. Prior to Dell, James led business development in Motorola’s Multimedia System Division, delivering pioneering direct-to-home digital multimedia services. James started his career as VLSI design engineer, followed by field applications engineering and consultative sales roles across Europe and Asia. Raised on the Texas boarder speaking Spanish, and living in a German-speaking household, James is multilingual, with cross-cultural skills earned throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific.
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John Landau
Senior Advisor
 
Senior Advisor to NetFoundry. John continues to advise Tata Communications on strategic initiatives after serving most recently as Senior Vice President of Technology and Service Development, Corporate Strategy Group. His tenure at Tata Communications included roles as SVP Technology and Services Evolution, SVP, Global Managed Services, and VP Enterprise Services. John joined Tata Communications as part of the acquisition of VSNL’s communications business, where John lead the development of the company’s global connectivity, data center, and applications services portfolio for enterprises. John was SVP Product Management for ITXC, building the largest wholesale VoIP network in the world, which was acquired by Teleglobe. Previous roles included technology, product management and marketing positions for the Intel Communications Product Group, Dialogic, Benchmarq Microelectronics, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He started his career in product management as Mostek Corporation in 1978. John and his wife live in Morristown, New Jersey.
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Mike Hallett
Co-Founder
Head of Global Sales and Business Development
Responsible for all worldwide direct revenue for NetFoundry, Mike has over 25 years of industry leadership experience with successful global companies across sales, general management and “C level” positions. He led Alliances at Oracle with responsibility for close to $1B in direct and partner revenue, and subsequently was responsible for the large consulting relationships such as Accenture and IBM which drove over $400M in revenue at Siebel. At Kintana, Mike built a worldwide field sales and delivery operation prior to its acquisition by HP. Subsequently, he was responsible for building from the initial funding, a global team for Questra Corp, a leading device management (IoT) company which was acquired. At CollabNet, he was responsible for growing worldwide annual subscription revenue by 237% to $50M and integrating 3 strategic acquisitions during his tenure. Born and educated in the UK, and a longtime resident in Toronto, Mike now resides in the San Francisco, USA area. He is married with two older children.
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Olaf Luetkehoelter
Co-Founder
Head of Development
Head of development operations for NetFoundry. Olaf has over 25 years’ leadership experience in software development, architecture and consulting. Olaf joined NetFoundry from Cisco Systems, where he worked as a Principal Solution Architect in the Application Platforms Group, with a primary focus on enterprise integration and mobile experiences and additional exposure to streaming data and analytics. Prior to Cisco, he held the positon of Services Director at CompuCom, where he led a team of architects and subject matter experts in defining the managed cloud strategy and reference architecture. Before that, Olaf led many implementation projects in data center automation while working in the professional services organizations of BMC Software and IBM. Olaf was born and educated in Germany and holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern. He now resides in Cary, NC, USA with his wife. Together they have two daughters.
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Digital Transformation Requires A New Networking Paradigm
We embrace digital technologies as a normal and persistent part of our lives, and expectations around how digital experiences present value and inspire purchasing decisions are evolving continuously. This digital disruption is so rapid, that many companies are struggling to understand how to respond. The transformation to digital business requires more than just a mobile app and a website to compete for the modern customer’s attention. In fact, the leaders of the pack have completely retooled their organizational structures, operating models, business processes, technology, skills, and cultures. Interestingly, younger, tech-centric firms often outpace their larger, established counterparts in the digital transformation arena. Many decades-old banks are struggling to pump out apps and features as fast as they can to compete with cloud and mobile-first disruptors like Square and Stripe, whose business models are almost entirely digital. As these established businesses evolve to compete, the agility they seek requires business service architectures focused on modularization. As a result, applications and services are moving to highly distributed, multi-cloud, interdependent microservices and APIs. Truly going digital involves all aspects of a business from customer engagement to fulfillment, and everything in between. It encompasses paradigm shifts in systems and process integration and deeply influences strategic decision-making at its core. So where should you begin? It's All About the Journey With the immersion of everyday life in internet connectivity, customers typically interact with a company through multiple channels, often making buying decisions based on the perception of simple, seamless usability of channel interaction. If this interaction becomes painful, the customer will often move on to other companies that offer a better experience. In many instances, the better customer experience influences buying decisions more strongly than the actual product or service being purchased. Focusing on the highest priority customer experiences (highest potential revenue generation, most complained about, fastest growing, etc.) and developing  modularity surrounding the components of those experiences to allow for agility as market demand changes is a key first step. While adaptable customer experiences and their underpinning processes are important, business functions must then be enabled in such a way that they too can be modularized and used in multiple places. In today’s world, this is done by implementing isolated, independent microservices. For example, if a customer purchases insurance, one step may require the customer to digitally sign their acceptance. If such a function is presented as a microservice (i.e. modularized), it can be reused in multiple places across many different customer engagement experiences. As digital transformation accelerates, the library of such reusable microservices will continue to grow. As the environment changes, business functions will be updated to meet the new requirements of the ecosystem. If at some point e-signatures are replaced by palm scans, updating the single microservice to meet that need ensures automatic propagation across all places that function is used. This adaptability enables fast and efficient change. A Cascading Effect Ideally the modularity that the organization applies to microservices should be extended into the infrastructure that supports them, allowing for more cost-effective and efficient scalability of high-demand services. Although integration between these systems is key, isolating technology in terms of the business services they provide makes it possible to swap certain modules of technology gradually instead of completely revamping the infrastructure. As a result, cloud virtualization and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) have become the rule, rather than the exception. Making changes and adjustments in these environments is simple, inexpensive, and immediate. With constant change in applications and infrastructure, demand for network agility is on the rise, but networks and the equipment that drives them them have remained largely unchanged. SD-WANs and similar technologies have introduced some abstraction into site-to-site connectivity, but are often location, hardware, and service-provider specific. The modularity that makes the cloud and microservices so attractive requires a paradigm shift, where network edges are no longer defined by physical locations, but by application endpoints. Enter NetFoundry and application-specific networking (ASN). With application-specific networking, dependency on private circuits, proprietary hardware, and traditional telco solutions is eliminated. Our technology makes it possible to spin up highly secure, performant, app-specific networks at scale through a centralized, web-based console. These "AppWANs" abstract the network in the same way that containers and virtual machines abstract applications from underlying compute infrastructure. There are three key components that make this possible: An administrator uses NetFoundry’s console and APIs to design cloud-native, app-specific networks (AppWANs). AppWANs are programmatically controlled by application contexts and needs. The console and APIs enable the administrator to leverage orchestrators and integrations to enforce their policies, without needing to manage the orchestrator infrastructure itself. Each AppWAN is managed by a NetFoundry orchestrator. Each orchestrator manages private network overlays, enabling the administrator to benefit from NetFoundry’s network fabric, without needing to manage the underlying networks. Orchestrators interact with business and application systems such as IAM, IoT identity, and cloud policies to enable each AppWAN to be programattically controlled by the app contexts and needs. NetFoundry’s global network fabric and endpoint software enables secure, reliable networking from anywhere to anywhere. NetFoundry endpoint software connects to the fabric from any Internet connection, extending each AppWAN to the application edge. The software is installed on personal devices, deployed on edges (enterprise, IoT, cloud) as vCPE, and integrated with apps via APIs and SDKs. The software routes each session to the NetFoundry network fabric, and adaptively manages QoE during each session. Moreover, since digital transformation is a gradual process, NetFoundry gives businesses the ability to meet the needs of the digitally transformed application environment, while interworking with existing networks and systems to continue to serve current needs. As business services are modularized in the transformation, AppWANs can be spun up, segmented, and adjusted in real-time to secure and connect them to the rest of company ecosystem. To learn more about AppWANs, application-specific networks, and how NetFoundry can simplify your digital transformation, contact us.  
Neustar and NetFoundry Deliver World’s First Identity-Secured IoT Networking Solution
End-to-end, network-independent security, compliance and reliability   October 4, 2017 – BARCELONA, Spain and STERLING, Va. – Neustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, and NetFoundryTM, a Tata Communications business incubated in Tata Communications’ ‘Shape the Future’ program, announced an integration between the Neustar Trusted Device Identity (TDI) solution and NetFoundry’s Application Specific Networking (ASN) platform, which provides customers with superior security, extending trusted identity based solutions across multiple networks and clouds. The Neustar Trusted Device Identity (TDI) solution, built-on-top of the NetFoundry Application-Specific platform, reduces the time, cost and risk of implementing secure end-to-end solutions. "Creating a secure end-to-end environment based on identity for devices and secure core transport to the edge is necessary for IoT to gain adoption," said Hank Skorny, SVP of IoT, Neustar. “Neustar and NetFoundry together provide a highly secure, highly manageable and recoverable environment to secure communications between any and all parties.” “Traditional networking with the use of PKI and firewalls has been manageable to date, but the digitally transformed applications landscape requires the app contexts, such as identity, to programmatically define the network,” said Galeal Zino, Founder of NetFoundry. “Our platform enables leading solutions from innovative partners such as Neustar to program the network to enforce each application’s identity, access and security policies, rather than trying to manually manage a separate set of policies on the network.” PKI-based identity management solutions are leaving IoT enterprises exposed and overburdened with the need for certificate management of thousands of devices. Neustar TDI delivers a next-generation approach to trusted identity management, offering the scale and security required for the Internet of Things. By applying this new approach to traditional PKI with multi-factor device authentication, Neustar TDI can authenticate and revoke identities in real-time, monitor and detect behavior anomalies, as well as enable organizations to quickly isolate and recover from breaches. This way the IT Network Operations Center (NOC) can take back control of revocation and restoration. The NetFoundry platform enables leading solution providers like Neustar to integrate application specific networking into their solutions (“AppWANs”) with no restrictions on network providers, VPNs or custom CPE. Each AppWAN is driven by the context of the application, such as identity, compliance and performance needs, enforcing application level micro-segmentation across any set of networks and clouds, with superior performance and security results, while enabling complete, centralized control and visibility of each AppWAN. The Neustar and NetFoundry implementation is ideal for microservices-based architectures, such as the one developed by the open source EdgeX Foundry project of the Linux Foundation, of which both Neustar and NetFoundry are founding members. Customers using a TDI and NetFoundry end-to-end solution benefit from: Real-time activation and revocation Route validation Secure remote management Anomaly detection Multi-factor authentication Recovery without the need to re-key Endpoint and identity management The security and efficiency of end-to-end identity driven networking Enhanced application performance with dynamic path optimization and remediation Application level micro-segmentation with data-in-motion encryption and isolation A secure end-to-end Networking Platform as a Service (NPaaS) solution will be demonstrated by Neustar and NetFoundry at the Linux Foundation/EdgeX Foundry booth at IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from October 3-5.   About NetFoundry NetFoundry is leading the next generation of networking providers, using software to connect application endpoints, as opposed to traditional SD-WAN and MPLS WANs which use CPE to connect sites.  Each NetFoundry AppWAN is driven by the contexts of the app, and can be software integrated into partner services and platforms.  Security and performance are built into each AppWAN, so that customers can choose any set of networks and clouds and still get the security, compliance and reliability they require.  NetFoundry is a Tata Communications business incubated in Tata Communications’ Shape the Future program, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in San Francisco, Austin, New York, Bangalore and Singapore.   About Neustar Every day, the world generates roughly 2.5 quadrillion bits of data. Neustar isolates certain elements and analyzes, simplifies and edits them to make precise and valuable decisions that drive results. As one of the few companies capable of knowing with certainty who is on the other end of every interaction, we’re trusted by the world’s great brands to make critical decisions some 20 billion times a day. We help marketers send timely and relevant messages to the right people. Because we can authoritatively tell a client exactly who is calling or connecting with them, we make critical real-time responses possible. And the same comprehensive information that enables our clients to direct and manage orders also stops attackers. We know when someone isn’t who they claim to be, which helps stop fraud and denial of service before they’re a problem.  Because we’re also an experienced manager of some of the world’s most complex databases, we help clients control their online identity, registering and protecting their domain name, and routing traffic to the correct network address.  By linking the most essential information with the people who depend on it, we provide more than 11,000 clients worldwide with decisions—not just data.  More information is available at https://www.neustar.biz.   Neustar Media Contact Kim Maynard Kimberly.Maynard@neustar.biz 415-238-0362   NetFoundry Media Contact Orietta Sutherberry osutherberry@zonicgroup.com +44-780313-7126
The IoT Solutions World Congress - it's all about Use Cases
At NetFoundry, our vision is to make it easy to spin up highly secure and performant global Application-Specific Networks (ASNs). Users can spin-up globally available app-driven networks in minutes and these “AppWANs” include endpoint identity, identity and access management (IAM) policies, and Quality of Experience (QoE) policies. Since this week at the IoT Solutions World Congress is all about use cases, the NetFoundry team is showcasing a few exciting demonstrations to showcase the power and agility of Application-Specific Networking.  More specifically, in IoT deployments, identity is critical to endpoint protection, secure access and data integrity for all real-time communications and we'll show you how we use identity and app-context to provide highly secure and reliable connections over any network. The main demonstration highlights using the NetFoundry web console to spin up a software-driven MultiCloud AppWAN to show superior application performance and security across any network, including the public internet. This demo highlights the application performance and responsiveness when using the NetFoundry platform for edge-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud application-specific networks. Another unique demonstration highlights a "Smart Parking Architecture" where a local sensor needs secure access to a Remote Parking Management Application.  In this demonstration, the Neustar TDI authenticates and revokes identities in real-time while the NetFoundry platform secures and encrypts all data-in-motion from end-to-end. You can read more about Neustar TDI and NetFoundry here. Finally, an innovative demonstrations shows a Secure Automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) where a smart car requires secure and reliable access over the public internet to the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub.  In this demonstration, NetFoundry leverages Micron’s strong device identity and hardware roots of trust to securely and reliably deliver the automotive ECU over an unsecure network. You can read more about the Micron Authenta™ technology and NetFoundry here Where to find us? As a founding company of the EdgeX Foundry, we're in the EdgeX Foundry pavilion with other EdgeX partners, including Dell, Micron, Neustar, VMware, and others.  Come check us out in Hall 5, Booth E541 and our booth hosts will answer any questions. You can also find us on Twitter and Linkedin!