Expereo expands mobile connectivity at a global level, adding services such as 5G connectivity

Today Expereo has announced a major country expansion and technology improvement to their mobile internet services portfolio. The service already used all existing mobile access technologies and now also includes 5G. Expereo customers will benefit from lower latency, higher throughput and increased bandwidth resulting in improved application performance and user productivity.

Rene de Baerdemaeker, Director Supplier Management at Expereo, comments: “Global enterprises and governments expect from their preferred vendors that new technologies are rapidly onboarded so that they can take advantage of the benefits the new technologies bring to their businesses.

“Because of strong relationships with our technology partners and our agile in-house developed system we can rapidly test and onboard new technologies and make them available to our customers.

“Mobile connectivity fits very well into an internet underlay design for SD-WAN and cloud access. Ensuring that businesses can be flexible and fast, that they have a redundant internet solution ensuring site and application availability. Mobile Connectivity and now enhanced with 5G are going to be a key part of Expereo’s portfolio moving forward, allowing us to provide more robust Managed Global Internet.”

Changes will be made to the underlying infrastructure of Expereo’s SD-WAN and Global Internet services. SD-WAN is a manageable overlay for networks, allowing users to control how traffic is behaving, where it’s going and how it is optimised. To reap the full benefits of an SD-WAN primary network, 5G can be integrated as a solution for maintaining optimum performance.

In order for SD-WAN to function well, it should be given as many connection options as possible. A typical setup might combine dedicated fibre, broadband connectivity and a 4G wireless solution – but would consume a great deal of data. Instead, Expereo will use 5G to deliver services on a mobile connectivity platform that are almost identical in performance to fixed-line, terrestrial services, whenever it’s available.

Always Switched On
Businesses that require higher availability within a network – a certain amount of additional certainty to prevent errors or delays in internet connectivity – will also benefit from the expansion. For instance, the oil and gas industry often demands multiple access connections to create redundancy. Additional services like 5G, or even 4G, can be added to the underlay of an SD-WAN design and provide a safety net for these businesses, maintaining productivity in the event of fixed line drop outs.

Global Internet
Whether a network is deployed in Mongolia, Amsterdam or New York City, all users should be able to use corporate and cloud applications seamlessly no matter their location. By adding mobile services such as 5G, Expereo plans to further enhance total network reliability and availability worldwide.

Due to the continued adoption of corporate cloud applications and SD-WAN technologies, Global Internet services have become the commercially effective connectivity option for businesses. Construction companies require seamless mobile connectivity in remote locations to establish employee WiFi or operate security cameras. Likewise, retail organisations that establish pop ups or an alternate point of sales will benefit from the fast-paced flexibility of a 5G network, with the ability to reach new sites as soon as possible.

High quality, global internet performance is a necessity in the digital age. Expereo can provide a single support entry point for over 190 countries in the world, with on-site installation and feet on the street whenever needed.


Cloud acceleration and intelligent routing: What is it, and how is it affecting enterprise?

Every major enterprise uses the internet at its core; from Amazon and Google, to Apple and Microsoft. High-quality network performance can make or break a business in the modern world, impacting on the effectiveness of any given service. In fact, a recent SanDisk study found the average company employee wastes approximately a week’s worth of time each year due to slow computer networks.

It’s no wonder, then, that accelerated cloud access and intelligent routing are being adopted at a rapid rate across the board. BGPs’ inherent routing and network limitations can be overcome by constantly monitoring all available destinations across the public internet. We can check for congestion, poor quality, broken links, and anything else not working as expected.

The internet – which is normally a best-effort, no-guarantee platform in terms of availability – can be optimised with routing intelligence, improving overall performance and cost management across a wide range of industries.

How does it work?

Your standard internet connectivity hub operates through a router, a few internet transits and connectivity to internet exchange points. The border gateway protocol (BGP) automatically selects a geographically short route for traffic without taking any other metrics into account. However, intelligent routing engines take a somewhat different approach – additional software-defined intelligence can alter choices made by the BGP.

Using a network of cloud acceleration hubs, which actively probe all public internet IP prefixes, it is possible to simulate user traffic and create a dynamic topology of the internet. These hubs calculate the best-possible path for transfering data and information.

At Expereo, we achieve global reach by maintaining 20 strategically-located cloud acceleration hubs, with plans to expand further in 2019. We’ve developed an internal routing intelligence system called XCA which operates the umbrella of our network architecture. Additionally, the software engine of this technology (known as XCA Edge) can be provided as a standalone, external product to optimise the customer’s own data center connectivity.

To make an analogy between basic internet and intelligent routing decisions, it’s a bit like a static map versus GPS in your car. GPS supplies detailed traffic information to work around any roadblock en-route, sometimes shaving hours off your journey.

Who benefits?

There are three main problems that smart routing works to solve: availability, performance and cost management. The end result is enhanced connectivity between remote offices and data centres, or private clouds. In the retail industry, for example, an XCA system might speed up customer browsing and e-commerce portals.

Just look at a recent network management overhaul we performed for Coreix, a London-based managed hosting, colocation and network services provider. While BGP ensured optimum hops on all routes, it was unable to automatically route around latency and packet loss. XCA Edge automatically performed more than 2.2 million routing optimisations and avoided more than 160 BGP blind failures across the Coreix network. The company could then continue with its operations uninterrupted by technological errors, on high-speed connectivity, which consequently improves its overall productivity.

It’s also important to note that, while intelligent routing can be implemented across many different types of network, its added value is most prominent within the SD-WAN sector. Many companies are making the switch from MPLS to SD-WAN, taking advantage of cost savings and network design flexibility.

SD-WAN is a way to build multiple paths into a remote office through multiple internet access points. With so many paths available, packet loss and delays must be avoided by selecting the best route at the best time, with minimum competitive traffic. XCA solutions can actually choose the best path for an SD-WAN underlay. When customers move from an MPLS network, intelligent routing can ensure that they maintain guaranteed SLS and service quality.

The bottom line

After implementing cloud acceleration and XCA technology, companies typically see a surge in user productivity, best illustrated by a rapid reduction in the number of tickets directed to technical support. That’s because intelligent routing ensures the best possible connectivity to cloud applications, data centers or between offices 24/7.

The bottom line is that faster downloading and uploading of files, as well as uninterrupted access to cloud applications, can vastly improve employee efficiency and enhance your customers’ online experience. The human workforce no longer needs to be held back by technical hiccups or subpar internet speeds. Is your company?

Cisco SD-WAN experts

Will be you be at Cisco Live Barcelona?
Join us January 28th-February 1st in Fira, where Expereo will showcase how managed network services can accelerate your enterprise workflow at speeds of 10GB+.

With 90,000 registered attendees and over 120 exhibitors, Cisco Live is all about IT that informs, connects, predicts and enables modern enterprise. Visit Expereo’s pod in the Enterprise Network and Mobility Partner Village to learn about our fully-managed global SD-WAN networks that save time, money and manpower for your business.

Optimise your connectivity, speed up cloud applications and improve employee productivity at Cisco’s annual customer conference.

Discover Expereo’s managed SD-WAN, Global Internet and Cloud Connectivity Services

Join us at the Expereo pod to learn about:

  • SD-WAN – Handpick all SD-WAN hardware and software components from various providers to create a custom network design that fits your enterprise – cost-effective, flexible, and consistently high-performance.
  • Global InternetWe provide managed network services to more than 10,500 government and enterprise sites across 190 countries. Connections are monitored 24/7 by certified, multilingual staff for optimum performance, with regular technical reviews and quality assurance assessments.
  • Cloud Connectivity Using accelerated cloud access to optimise your network’s routing decisions, Expereo finds the best possible path to avoid congestion, latency and packet loss in a matter of milliseconds. The end result is enhanced, high-speed connectivity.

Want to book a meeting with us?
Send an email to enquire@expereo.com. Our team will we happy to meet you!

HPE Discover 2018

Join the Expereo team at HPE Discover 2018 in Madrid to experience a world where everything computes.
Held from 27th–29th November, this annual networking conference explores the explosion of built-in intelligence, hyper-connectivity, and edge-to-cloud innovation.

Visit Expereo at booth #246 to find out how Global Internet, XCA, and SD-WAN can assist your business. Intelligent networking is essential if you want to maintain efficiency and agility in this fast-paced, competitive digital age.

HPE Discover seeks to advance the way we all live and work by exploring network trends, complete with hundreds of training sessions, technology demos, and tours. Nine content tracks span the key topics driving today’s digital transformation.

As one of HPE Discover’s sponsors, we are excited to offer industry-leading joint solutions for your enterprise, with unmatched global reach.

Contact us to schedule a meeting

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona

Join our team at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona (4-8 Nov) where Expereo is exhibiting new ways to network at booth #419.

Explore the latest in Cloud-managed internet and hybrid networks, SD-WAN, and Cloud connectivity solutions.

Thousands of Europe’s leading Senior IT Executives will come together at Gartner events to explore the strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of business; from analytics to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and more.

Find out how XDN can future-proof your network as we unveil solutions for 2019 and beyond:

  • SD-WAN – Your next evolution in network management; cost-effective, flexible, consistently high-performance
  • XCA – Smart routing for smart businesses
  • SECURE XDN – Network security tailored to a new threat landscape
  • GLOBAL INTERNET – Worldwide access for an age of international collaboration

Contact us to schedule a meeting

6 growing threats to network security

The modern, globally connected digital world demands that business applications, data and services be constantly available from any location, which means networks must span multiple hosting environments, fixed and mobile devices and other forms of IT infrastructure. But just as networks are a key enabler for the enterprise, they are also a source of extended risk. Hackers, cyber criminals and state-sponsored actors are constantly spawning new network attacks to compromise, steal or destroy critical information and disrupt organizations for their own ends.

The network has become not only a target, but also a channel for disruption: It’s a primary route of distribution for distributed denial of service (DDoS), phishing, ransomware, worms and other types of malware attacks.

Last year was arguably the most dangerous ever to be a network administrator, given the growth in new attack methods being directed at public and private-sector IT systems. Cyber incidents targeting businesses nearly doubled from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017, according to the Online Trust Alliance. And there is every sign 2018 will end up just as perilous as new threats emerge.

Network managers should take a good, long look at their security infrastructure and upgrade plans as they prepare to respond to the following six network threats:

1. DDoS attacks are proliferating

The volume and strength of DDoS attacks are growing as hackers try to bring organizations offline or steal their data by flooding websites and networks with spurious traffic. Two factors are helping criminals in their endeavors.
One is the widespread availability of “DDoS for hire” services, whereby hackers rent out their skills for very low sums of money. The other is the growing volume of internet-of-things products with poor security defenses that are being attached to device-to-device, edge and core networks.
Botnets that hijack vulnerable IoT devices can spread quickly via the network and quickly infect hundreds or thousands of products before directing spurious traffic at target websites and infrastructure.

Remedy: Be sure to create a DDoS mitigation plan. Protect networks against DDoS attacks by monitoring and controlling LAN/WAN traffic flows and device bandwidth consumption to receive earlier warnings of attack.

2. Network-based ransomware is designed to destroy systems … and data

Self-propagating ransomware attacks that quickly spread across systems do not rely on humans to click a button, download a file or plug in a USB stick. They just need an active and unpatched workstation (think WannaCry and NotPetya) and an automated software update. Many security researchers believe that the primary purpose of some ransomware attacks is not to extort money but to deliberately destroy data on infected systems.

Remedy: Perform regular backups of mission-critical data, ensure all systems and applications are patched and up to date and use vulnerability assessment tools to find gaps in defenses. It’s basic stuff, but it couldn’t be more vital.

3. Malware is evolving, with activity masked by legitimate cloud services  

Today’s business needs have changed the way enterprises send and store sensitive data, with more organizations using off-premise cloud-hosted repositories and services (with or without the consent and direction of the resident IT department). But these are also popular services hackers can use to register accounts, start web pages, encrypt their malware, hide domains and IP addresses and cover their tracks by deleting the account afterwards – all at low cost, pay-as-you-go prices. And popular cloud services like Google, Twitter and DropBox are also difficult for security managers to block, leading to a multitude of vulnerabilities.

Remedy: Threat intelligence monitoring and analytics are more advanced than ever before. These services can identify suspicious behaviour that could indicate legitimate services disguising hacking activity.

4. Insider threats show no sign of diminishing 

Insider threats are said to be responsible for anything from 25 to 75 percent of enterprise data breaches and are usually driven by financial gain, industrial espionage or just plain incompetence or misuse. But the majority of network security defenses remain configured to protect the perimeter from external, rather than internal, hackers — those who already have legitimate, authorized access to their organization’s networks and often operate under the radar with few or no limitations on the information they can access or transfer.

Remedy: Prioritize critical assets, implement a formal insider-threat program, document and enforce security policies and controls, monitor employee activity at the network and host level, and raise inside threat awareness among staff through training.

5. Encryption is meant to enhance security,  but it’s also helping hackers to conceal their communications.

We’ve seen a big rise in the percentage of network traffic that is encrypted — a natural consequence of organizations protecting sensitive data by scrambling communications. But this approach to securing data cuts two ways, with threat researchers also noticing a threefold increase in the volume of encrypted network communication employed by malware in 2017. Encryption gives hackers more time and space to operate prior to their eventual detection and remediation.

Remedy: Use machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify unusual patterns in encrypted web and network traffic and send automatic alerts to security staff if issues merit further investigation. Automation really is the future of network security.

6. Cyber attacks get personal as social engineering targets executives and HR. 

Malicious emails are vital tools for hackers because they take malware straight to the end point. Hackers are identifying high-value (and vulnerable) individuals within organizations, commonly hiding code in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel file extensions as well as PDF documents and archive files. Business email compromise attacks are increasingly being employed to impersonate a trusted identity (like CEOs, HR departments or tax authorities) to encourage targets to make payments or share sensitive information.

Meanwhile, email account compromise tools can usurp a hacked (but legitimate) email account to circumvent other cybersecurity defenses and deceive intended victims. It’s a continually growing concern.

Remedy: Raise user awareness of the risks through formal training programs and email usage policies, set email spam filters to high and keep software and systems up to date. Network security is a continual process — agencies must stay on top of it to stay ahead of the hackers.

Security Automation Soars to Top of Agenda

A surge in cyber-threats and the administrative burden involved in staying on top of data security management is putting pressure on enterprise IT departments that cannot afford to risk a serious data breach, reputational damage and operational disruption.

Faced with an ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage, organizations need a different approach to security provision unrestricted by manual processes – one that reduces their dependence on hard-pressed humans by harnessing automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and other innovative technologies to help identify, filter, neutralize and remediate cyber-threats before they have a chance to do significant harm.

By integrating orchestration processes, automation, incident management and collaboration, visualization and reporting under a single interface, SOAR can give security operations center (SoC) staff a faster, more accurate way to process large volumes of data produced by cybersecurity systems and help identify and remediate attacks which may be imminent or underway.

Mixed state of SOAR readiness

In its Innovation Insight for Security Orchestration, Automation and Response report published in November last year, Gartner forecasts that by the end of 2020, 15% of organizations with a security team larger than five people will use SOAR tools, up from an estimated 1% in 2017.

The scale and rate of that adoption suggests two things: firstly that many businesses may be unprepared for the security management challenges they face, and secondly that awareness of SOAR and the benefits it can bring is still limited.

Any gap in education can lead to expensive mistakes when it comes to product procurement decisions which are invariably difficult and costly to rectify. So, it’s important that IT departments don’t rush into any implementation without taking a good look at their existing security architecture and processes and carefully consider where SOAR can work alongside them to help SoC analysts ease their cybersecurity workloads.

In many cases, IT departments remain unclear on what security processes can or should be automated for example, and which of their current security applications and systems lend themselves to the type of orchestration that SOAR enables – if existing tools from different vendors cannot be integrated efficiently using mechanisms like application programming interfaces (APIs), the quality of the data and recommendations being shared can be compromised and the ability to act fast on accurate intelligence diminished.

Steps to SOAR success

  1. An audit of existing security infrastructure should be a priority, including defences which routinely span on- and off-premise systems hosted in public, private and hybrid clouds, as well as fixed and mobile devices in distributed branch office environments.
  2. All systems should be properly assessed for SOAR readiness, and any opportunity to consolidate security systems to weed out extraneous security information that does not help with threat identification and remediation should be thoroughly explored.
  3. Additional filters can also be applied to further reduce the background noise that often distracts analysts from the real danger.
  4. IT departments should specify key performance metrics that frame what they want to achieve in terms of dwell and detection to containment times to make sure threats are neutralized before they have a chance to spread into other systems.
  5. Those KPIS should be aligned closely with in-house security analyst resources and skill sets, to give current staff the best tools and training to meet requirements.
  6. Organizations without in-house security analysts should consider outsourcing cybersecurity monitoring and management functions to managed security service providers (MSSPs) that use suitable SOAR tools able to integrate with on-premise security systems to maximize threat detection and remediation.


With so many different security tools and applications needed to protect large volumes of data, people and devices wherever they may reside, the cascade of logs and alerts analysts have to wade through to identify the priorities for their attention is only set to amplify.

Equally there remains a real danger that the benefits of machine learning and artificial intelligence when applied to cybersecurity automation and orchestration will be overstated unless IT departments are realistic about what can be achieved and where their weaknesses lie.

It is important to remember that while greater orchestration and automation can shoulder some of the burden currently carried by security analysts, it cannot replace them completely. At the end of the day, well-educated competent professionals will still be necessary, but their time can be optimized if machines take on some of the legwork.

Expereo named in the May 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Managed SD-WAN Services

Expereo has been named as one of 15 “Non-NSP Providers” of SD-WAN Managed Services in the latest Gartner “Market Guide for Managed SD-WAN Services”, published on 31 May 2018 by analysts Ted Corbett, Neil Rickard, Katja Ruud, Bjarne Munch, Danellie Young, Gaspar Valdivia and Mike Toussaint.

Non-NSPs include providers such as system integrators (SIs), value-added resellers (VARs) and managed network service (MNS) providers. These either partner with OEMs or are OEMs themselves, or both. These providers may also employ PoPs, but do not own WAN transport facilities.

Gartner recommendations

Enterprise leaders who are responsible for accelerating enterprise infrastructure innovation and agility should employ SD-WAN Managed Services to:

1) Optimize network expenses for digital business initiatives, reallocate key personnel and improve operations performance by adopting managed SD-WAN services.

2) Increase enterprise agility, performance and expense optimization by including both NSPs and non-NSPs in your managed SD-WAN services RFPs, and then align all provider proposals with your business objectives.

3) Get the most complete solution possible for your managed SD-WAN service needs by opening your RFP to include ancillary network functions (such as security and WAN optimization) and alternative platforms to SD-WAN-only appliances.

According to the report, “Managed SD-WAN services can improve operations performance and reduce an enterprise’s need to grow internal capabilities. This is because the managed SD-WAN service provider becomes the SPOC for monitoring, reporting, and incident and change management of the SD-WAN product, as well as all WAN transport, inclusive of access path diversity. This, in turn, allows the enterprise’s internal resources to focus on higher objectives.”

The report goes on to state, “For example, non-NSP providers allow enterprises to more easily change underlying WAN transport providers (e.g., for expense optimization or performance reasons) without changing the managed SD-WAN services. In contrast, NSP managed SD-WAN services increase enterprise dependency on the primary WAN transport provider’s operations, making it more difficult to change or maintain leverage in WAN transport price negotiations. NSPs are unlikely to continue to provide the managed SD-WAN service and, absent any WAN transport service revenue, may lose interest, resulting in diminished support. Whether the service is delivered by an NSP or a non-NSP, enterprises should analyse provider proposals and align these with their business objectives for achieving greater agility, operations performance and expense optimization.”

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Expereo has been named in March 2018 Gartner research

Expereo has been named in March 2018 Gartner research: “How to Choose the Right Level of Agility for Your Next Global Enterprise WAN” written by Bjarne Munch and Neil Rickard.

Key takeaways from the research:

• By 2020, approximately 10% of global enterprise WANs will use the internet as their only WAN service, which is an increase from fewer than 2% today.
• By 2020, more than 70% of global enterprise WANs will use a combination of MPLS/Ethernet and the internet in a hybrid WAN, which is an increase from the Gartner estimate of 50% today.
• The advent of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) has led to increased enterprise interest in using public internet services for WAN connectivity, rather than MPLS or Ethernet.
• Enterprise I&O leaders should use only the public internet for global WAN, if they source this through an aggregator or a provider that can manage all local relationships.
• Avoid using consumer-grade internet services for interactive applications or business-critical applications. Instead, prioritize business-grade internet.

Read the research in full here (requires the appropriate Gartner subscription) or contact Expereo and bring agility to your WAN!

Expereo and SecureOps partner to deliver specialist SD-WAN security

Today Expereo, global provider of managed internet network, accelerated cloud access and SD-WAN solutions, announces a new strategic partnership with information security services company SecureOps.

SecureOps brings two decades of network security experience as a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) to Expereo’s XDN portfolio. SecureOps’ comprehensive suite of on-premise and cloud-based security services will empower multinational customers to securely operate internet-centric networks, deploy SD-WANs, and move to the cloud with confidence.

SecureOps and Expereo

Expereo and SecureOps have signed a strategic partnership to provide total network security for today’s business-critical digital landscape. As enterprises move to the internet and SD-WAN, many find that complex manual processes plus a lack of resources and skills prevents them from effectively keeping pace with the current security landscape. Expereo and SecureOps’ joint solution alleviates these challenges when adopting an internet-centric enterprise network and cloud access strategy.

Irwin Fouwels, Expereo CEO, comments:

“With SecureOps we bring a complete security suite to the Expereo XDN portfolio. We now offer our global SD-WAN solutions bundled with full managed security, enabling the multinational enterprise to deliver on its cloud strategy and deploy SD-WAN with confidence.”

Loren Goldig, SecureOps CEO & President, comments:

“Network security in 2018 must be adaptable. You can’t throw in firewalls and walk away; security needs are as complex and diverse as the businesses themselves. Today’s solutions must exactly meet the specific needs of each individual company. Working in strategic partnership with Expereo, our ability to deliver these tailored solutions is enhanced by Expereo’s commercial go-to-market and agile global delivery capability.”

The security offering

The Expereo and SecureOps strategic partnership for security and network service management is enhanced by vulnerability lifecycle management services. Enterprises will be able to easily integrate SecureOps’ flexible MSSP services into their network, bolstering Expereo connectivity with robust security. Expereo will offer the following Managed Security services:

 Security infrastructure management Secured, monitored internet break-out services via on-premises devices or secure cloud gateways across a number of security offerings, including security information and event management (SIEM), firewall management for SD-WAN, intrusion defense and prevention systems (IDS and IPS), universal threat managers (UTM) and more.

  • Threat monitoring and response Dedicated, 24/7 triage and incident handling and customer environment monitoring for potential threats, powered by a multi-layer detection process.
  • Vulnerability lifecycle management Enterprise WAN vulnerability management. Proactive scanning and analysis of customer infrastructure for threat determination and reporting, backed by assessment and remediation.

In addition, customers will also receive access to security consultancy services such as security audits, customer requirement facilitation, host protection and more.

About SecureOps

SecureOps is a high-end information security services provider and member of the Information Security Forum (ISF) with two decades of experience. The team offers specialist knowledge related to security and security-related networking technology.

SecureOps has built its global services on personalised solutions, preferring turnkey approaches to an off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all approach. SecureOps will work directly with Expereo customers to understand their needs and deliver specialist security solutions tailored to their specific requirements. Customers can choose and deploy a suite of solutions that will sit under one accessible management framework specifically relevant to their organization.

SecureOps and Expereo are uniquely positioned to collaborate given their commitment to a customer-centric approach, cutting-edge technology, global capability, and agile customer deployment expertise.

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