Technology Reseller v65

01732 759725 24 INTRODUCING Software-defined networks provider iQuila has a mission to simplify network infrastructure and revolutionise connectivity for businesses worldwide. Its software enables organisations in diverse industries to establish secure, seamless layer 2 (OSI model) connectivity to optimise network operations, boost performance and strengthen network security. Here, we ask CEO David Sweet, a technology entrepreneur and network architect and design authority who founded the company in 2018, what makes iQuila unique and why VARs and MSPs should be adding it to their technology stack delivering the same features (and more) in an all-in-one solution. As well as significantly reducing the need for multiple services to deliver stable and secure networks, iQuila’s technology has other unique features: n Full Layer 2 connectivity – the VEN protocol encapsulates the full data plane of the network and can stretch that connection anywhere on the network. This creates the experience of a direct physical connection between the core network and a device, regardless of its location or means of connection (LTE, 5G, Satellite, DSL etc). As a result, any device or application that requires native Layer 2 connectivity can be deployed in remote locations without impacting performance. Furthermore, latency is lowered and stabilised even when connecting across the globe; n Configurable data streams – iQuila stripes data across multiple streams for resilience and continuity. The number of streams is customisable from 2 to 64, enabling optimal performance to be achieved regardless of environmental restrictions (bandwidth limitations, high altitudes or high-speed movement); n Kernal boot sequencing – The iQuila Microsoft Windows client features Kernal mode boot drivers that have been passed by Microsoft hardware labs. These establish a connection as the device OS boots up, providing the user with an ‘always-on’ service and ensuring the device is part of the network whenever there is an internet connection. n Quantum encryption – The VEN protocol has been customised to accept external keys from quantum random generators (QRNGs); 4096-bit keys with 4096-bit encryption generated by photons can be fed into iQuila to ensure true entropy of the encryption. The iQuila server consumes these keys to encrypt/ decrypt all packet traffic. iQuila can receive data from QRNGs at a rate of up to 10Gb of random data per second. TR: What is iQuila’s target market and in what market sectors has it achieved greatest success? DS: While iQuila is applicable to any sector, to date we’ve been most successful in education, meeting the needs of organisations like The Hollins School in Lancashire, which is using iQuila to extend strict internet filters beyond the classroom so that it can grant access to children at home while keeping them safe from malware, inappropriate content and cyberattacks. There is also huge potential in public safety/emergency services and telecoms. iQuila is becoming the solution of choice for multiple public sector organisations and is already helping the armed forces with critical communications in the field. TR: In what countries does iQuila operate and what is its route to market in the UK? DS: We currently operate in the UK, US, Spain, Netherlands and Singapore. In the UK, we have a two-tier reseller/distributor model. Technology Reseller (TR): Please explain, briefly, what iQuila brings to the market and its benefits for customers. David Sweet DS: iQuila’s software-defined network (SDN) technology provides direct connectivity from the core to the Edge, giving branch offices, hybrid or mobile workers and devices moving at high speed the ability to access data, VLANs, applications and protocols reliably and securely, regardless of their location. Because it’s an always-on solution that seamlessly brings any endpoint into the overall network, it extends Enterprise LAN control and policies to every type of device on the Edge, even those that are moving. Direct connectivity is a game-changer for organisations seeking cost-efficient, fast, secure, anywhere connectivity, as it mitigates the limitations of cellular, WAN or LAN connectivity (e.g. cost, interruptions and security) and eliminates the need for troublesome VPNs and expensive MPLS and SD WAN connections. TR: How is iQuila disrupting the field of WAN technologies? DS: The big difference between iQuila and any other technology is the iQuila VEN (Virtual Extended Network) protocol, which renders technologies and frameworks such as VPN, GRE Tunnels, IPSEC L2TP, Ether IP, VXLAN, SD-WAN and SASE redundant by Q&A David Sweet