Pertino creates cloud-hosted network services store

Small companies can access the startup's software-defined networking (SDN) technology for as little as $29 per month for up to 10 devices.

Pertino, a startup offering a series of services that let small businesses set up virtual private networks (VPNs) or wide area networks (WAN) without special hardware  appliances, plans to launch an app store where SMBs can provision and configure both its own services and those from third-party developers.

The first service to show up in the Pertino AppScape store is GeoView, which is a real-time network mapping tool. Additional services for network visibility, security and performance optimization are slated to be available in early 2013.

Pertino is seeking to bring the concept of software-defined networking (SDN) to small companies that tradtionally haven't been able to afford these technologies.

Pertino has also developed a service for Android, allowing them to be managed as clients on Pertino networks alongside Windows and Machintosh systems. General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2014.

There's also a new pricing policy for its core Pertino Cloud Network Engine. Effective immediately, plans start at $29 per month for up to 10 devices; the plans can be upgraded as companies grow.

"With the emergence of SDN-powered cloud networking and network function virtualization, we expect that traditional appliance and endpoint services, such as security, virtualization, and deep packet inspection functions, will start to be virtualized and migrated to a cloud services model," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, in a statement about the Pertino news.

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