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Oracle Networks SD WAN: Review, Pros, Cons and Marketplace Research Data 

Analyst: Thomas Stroude   Contact: tstroude@netify.co.uk 

If you have questions about Oracle Networks and how their capability is aligned to your needs, email the Netify research team. UK: uk@netify.co.uk North America: northamerica@netify.com 

(Please use the UK email for ROW - Rest of the World - questions or enquiries)

Categories: 

  • Cloud Vendor 
  • SD WAN 

Sub-categories:

  • Cloud Infrastructure 
  • Cloud Applications
  • SD WAN Vendor
  • Hybrid WAN 

Pros:

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) allows their SD WAN solution to access cloud services without having to leave the Oracle platform. 
  • Focus on hybrid WAN capabilities, allowing clients to combine underlay options, or add to an existing network. 
  • Strong capabilities in cloud infrastructure, applications and software. 
  • Offer a number of cost-effective solutions, including broadband that does not compromise on network speeds and their patented Adaptive Path Networking (APN) software. 

Cons:

  • Limited remote user support.
  • SASE solutions must be sourced via Check Point, Zscaler or Palo Alto adding complexity and potentially increased costs. 
  • A very large number of service providers support Oracle SD WAN - this may cause confusion when selecting an appropriate partner for your solution. 

Netify Review:

Oracle Networks are a good choice for clients who require a granular SD WAN offering with strong cloud capabilities. Both their SD WAN and SASE security offerings are compatible with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and other cloud vendors (See, How does Oracle Networks access cloud vendors?). They are also proficient in generating hybrid WAN, combining MPLS, broadband internet, 3G/4G LTE, point-to-point circuits and satellite communications to create bespoke networks. 

The ideally suited customer for this offering is an enterprise class organisation in multiple geographically dispersed locations that utilise real time, mission critical apps such as VoIP or desktop virtualisation. The offering is particularly beneficial for those with multiple WAN links, looking to add bandwidth and/or cloud connectivity whilst retaining a high Quality of Experience (QoE).

However, caution may be taken when selecting an appropriate service provider, due to the vast number of Oracle connectivity partners. Selection may become confusing when attempting to align the correct solution with business needs. 

Contents:

  • About Oracle Networks 
  • What is the Oracle Networks SD WAN solution? 
  • Configuration-Based Key Features
  • Security-Based Key Features
  • Performance-Based Key Features
  • What is the Oracle Networks SASE Security Solution?
  • How does Oracle Networks Access Cloud Vendors?
  • Does Oracle Networks Offer WAN Acceleration and Optimisation?
  • How Does Oracle Networks Support Remote Users?
  • Which Connectivity Underlay Services are Supported?
  • Do Oracle Networks Manage and Support SD WAN Underlay?
  • What is the Oracle Networks Managed, Co-managed and DIY Services Solution?
  • What Reporting and Management is Available via the Oracle Networks Portal?
  • What is the Oracle Networks SLA?

About Oracle Networks:

Oracle Corporation was founded in 1977 as a Silicon Valley start-up. Its headquarters is currently located in Austin, Texas, United States. In 2018 Oracle launched the first autonomous database, capable of self-tuning, managing and patching. The company has a particular focus on Cloud Infrastructure, Applications and Software. Oracle boast a Net Promoter Score above 90, have 500+ customers in 40 countries and over 9,000 worldwide site deployments. 

What is the Oracle Networks SD WAN Solution?

Oracle’s SD WAN solution is based on technology from leading SD WAN provider Talari, which was acquired by Oracle Networks in 2018. The solution supports any type of internet transport technology which includes broadband internet, MPLS, satellite communication, point-to-point circuits and 3G/4G LTE. 

Configuration-Based Key Features:

Physical Edge: Oracle SD WAN can be deployed on physical appliances which have the ability to scale to work for large datacenters, small offices and remote (home) workers. 

Virtualised Edge: A software-only and on-premises deployment option, based on Microsoft Hyper-V, vSphere and VMware. The solution can be set up on commoditised hardware. 

Cloud Edge: SD WAN can be rolled out in the cloud, with options to implement Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, AWS or Microsoft Azure. The Edge provides a dedicated IPsec tunnel to the Microsoft Virtual WAN and has the capability to act as a gateway to SaaS applications, IaaS locations as well as internet sites. 

Oracle Adaptive Path Networking (APN): All Oracle devices work on APN software, which makes sure that all features remain the same regardless of deployment choice. This is designed to reduce costs, and simplify the SD WAN network, routing and firewall administration. 

Hybrid WAN: Oracle’s SD WAN Edge has the capability to interconnect with dedicated MPLS circuits and public internet connections, building a hybrid WAN infrastructure. 

Hardware Appliance Deployment: Oracle hardware appliances are designed to be simple to set up. SD WAN appliances are pre-configured by an IT team, which can be shipped to branch offices or remote locations. This allows non-technical individuals to plug in the device to connect it to SD WAN. For ongoing configuration management, Configuration Templates are provided. 

Security-Based Key Features:

Data Encryption: Uses either 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption to secure data travelling across public links. 

Stateful Firewalling: Single appliances can host multiple customer or department networks by using zone-based stateful firewalls with data segmentation using VRF and packet-filtering services. 

Cloud Security: Internet traffic is transparently forwarded to Zscaler Secure Cloud Gateways (SCGs).

Next Generation Firewalling (NGFW): NGFW services can be run from Palo Alto networks. 

Network Address Translation (NAT): During transit across traffic routing devices, NAT modifies network address information in the IP header of packets to allow for IP address spaces to be mapped to another. 

Performance-Based Key Features:

Network Control Node: Acts as the central management/orchestration point for Oracle SD WAN, providing connections between client appliances. Customers can choose to deploy this in the cloud or on-premises. 

Quality of Service (QoS): Creates a high performance WAN with real-time path selection, bandwidth reservation and monitoring to ensure quality of service (QoS). 

Routing Protocols: Oracle SD WAN supports Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Border Gateway Protocol, which removes the need for multiple branch devices, reducing costs. 

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server and Relay: DHCP packets are forwarded by a router between clients and servers, allowing local hosts to acquire dynamic IP addresses from remote DHCP servers. 

What is the Oracle Networks SASE security solution?

Oracle provides SASE via their long term partnerships with security providers which include Zscaler, Palo Alto Networks and most recently, Check Point. There are four security capabilities required to reach Gartner’s SASE definition and of these Oracle Cloud Infrastructure meets three: secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB) and zero trust network access (ZTNA). The final component is firewalls, which are provided by Oracle Network’s partners. The SASE solution also offers multi-cloud capabilities. 

SASE Features: 

IPsec Tunnelling: Protects cloud access. 

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Signalling, SIP DDoS Prevention and Dynamic Access Control: Keeps real-time sessions such as video, voice and messaging applications secure and operating at optimum performance. 

Network and Transport Layer: Offers failsafe reliability and security zone. 

Transport Layer: Includes integrated zone-based stateful firewalls and traffic segmentation.

 Secure Gateways: Integrated SD WAN and SASE which creates performed inoperability, secure gateways and includes cloud-based NGFW. 

Integrated Session Border Controller (SBC): Oracle integrated SBC with SD WAN to reduce the risk of ‘shell shock’ or ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks in the transport layer and session layer.

‘Beyond’ SASE: Oracle combines cloud security, SASE and session-based security together on to one comprehensive platform. 

Data Link Layer: Offers 5 layers of encryption and data path replication. 

Physical and Network Layer: Designed to protect application, device and network traffic by using secure operations and traffic isolation. 

How does Oracle Networks access cloud vendors?

Oracle offers secure aggregated cloud connectivity over broadband and direct connect links to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud environments. This is done by leveraging an Oracle SD WAN Cloud Hub, Oracle Talari CT800 virtual appliance for AWS and the Oracle Talari VT800 virtual appliance for access to Microsoft Azure. Ideal for enterprises wanting to improve the performance of Cloud access and services. The Oracle SD WAN Edge can be deployed on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) or on Microsoft Azure to extend the reach of corporate WAN into the cloud and use full Oracle APN services on cloud platforms. Internet sites, IaaS locations and SaaS applications can be accessed via SD WAN cloud deployment solutions, as they can act as gateways to cloud resources. 

Cloud Access Features: 

TACACS+ and Radius Authentication: Enables management access to cloud Edge appliances. 

Integrated NAT/PAT Firewall: Maps several private IP addresses under a single public IP address- useful when the number of users exceeds the pool of global addresses. 

AES Packet Encryption: Protects packets using symmetric key encryption - one key to cipher and decipher information.

DNS Proxy: Trusted URLs are redirected to the internet. 

Firewall: Option for a virtual Palo Alto Networks firewall which sits on a VM partition and provides OPI firewall capabilities. 

Oracle SD WAN Orchestration Cloud Service: Multi-tenant SaaS application running on OCI to monitor and centrally provision SD WAN devices running on Oracle SD WAN Edge software. This can either be enterprise managed, co managed or partner managed. This secure service allows for SD WAN administration and configuration from anywhere via the cloud. 

Clients also have a choice of optional additional security features: 

Cipher Block Chaining (CBC): A sequence of bits are encrypted as a single unit (block) with a cipher key applied to the entire block. 

Per-protocol sequence numbers: Keeps track of every byte sent outward by a host. 

Per-session symmetric encryptions keys: The keys for VPN Encryption and Decryption are automatically discarded after each session. 

Encryption Key Rotation: Allows enterprises to meet industry standards and ensure security of network traffic by regularly retiring and generating encryption keys to reduce attack surface vulnerability.

Extended Packet Encryption Headers: Data packets are encrypted using the Secure Real Time Transport Protocol. 

Packet Authentication Trailers: Alternative method of authenticating OSPFv3 protocol packets rather than solely relying on IPsec tunnels for encryption. 

Does Oracle Networks offer WAN acceleration and optimisation?

Oracle’s solution reduces support costs, and simplifies routing and firewall admin through the use of adaptive path networking (APN) software in all of its appliances. This provides a consistent support and deployment experience through identical features on each appliance. The solution uses load balancing across aggregated bandwidth to ensure the optimal performance of application Quality of Experience (QoE). 

How does Oracle Networks support remote users?

Branch to branch connections are provided by Full Mesh SD WAN and are used to improve the efficiency of peer-to-peer applications. Teleworkers can use Failsafe SD WAN, which utilises a multilink WAN fabric to provide intelligent link aggregation and optional packet replication for applications using real time traffic. The solution also provides inbound multi source QoS with inbound congestion avoidance, centralised orchestration and analytics. The Failsafe SD WAN for remote users provides insights into jitter, latency, packet loss and bandwidth utilisation through continuous unidirectional measurements. 

Which connectivity underlay services are supported?

Oracle’s SD WAN solution supports: MPLS, Satellite Communication, Broadband Internet, Point-to-point circuits and 3G/4G LTE connectivity. The SD WAN offering can be deployed via the cloud or physical and virtual edges. 

Do Oracle Networks Manage and Support SD WAN Underlay?

As an SD WAN vendor, Oracle do not support or manage an SD WAN underlay. Instead these services are provided by a third party MPLS VPN network carrier partner or are overlaid onto an existing private or public network. 

What is the Oracle Networks managed, co-managed and DIY services solution? 

The Oracle solution is able to be enterprise managed, or alternatively the solution can be managed or co-managed via an Oracle FastConnect connectivity partner for MPLS VPN services. 

What Reporting and Management is Available Via the Oracle Networks Portal?

Oracle SD WAN Aware is a browser accessed centralised management system which is designed to configure, monitor and provide analytics for all Oracle SD WAN. The Portal can be accessed via a Virtual Machine (VM) in the cloud on AWS or user provided servers. Oracle SD WAN Aware provides visibility into the performance of applications and links as well as tools to configure and manage networks. Analytics are provided to help efficiently resolve network issues by finding root causes, which can then be placed into fully customisable graphs and reports for ease of presentation. One instance of Oracle SD WAN Aware can support the controller and up to 256 SD WAN edge appliances with the management and collection for data. The solution also offers detailed network audits and single point configuration to ensure errors are kept at a minimum. Clients are offered constant per-packet performance analytics, which includes data on latency, jitter, packet loss and bandwidth usage between all paths and aggregated links. 

What is the Oracle Networks SLA?

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services

Financially-Backed Service Commitments

Availability

Manageability

Performance

API Gateway

>99.95%

   

Autonomous Database

>99.95%

   

Big Data Service

>99.9%

>99.9%

 

Big Data - Compute Edition

>99.9%

>99.9%

 

Blockchain Platform

>99.95%

>99.9%

 

Block Volume

>99.99%

>99.9%

Disk Performance: >90% in 99.9% of time

Compute

AD-redundant: >99.99%

FD-redundant: >99.95%

Single Instance: >99.9%

>99.9%

NVMe Performance: >90% in 99.9% of time

Network Performance: >90% in 99.9% of time

Database Backup Cloud Service

>99.9%

   

Database Cloud Service

>99.9%

>99.9%

 

Database Exadata Service

>99.95%

>99.95%

 

Database - Dense I/O

>99.9%

>99.9%

 

Data Integration

 

>99.9%

 

Data Integrator Cloud

>99.9%

>99.9%

 

Data Safe

 

>99.9%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Digital Assistant

 

 

Prod Shape: >99.9%

Dev Shape: >99.5%

 

 

 

 

DNS

 

 

>99.99%

 

 

 

 

Email Delivery

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

FastConnect

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

File Storage

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Functions

 

 

>99.5%

 

 

 

 

Health Checks

 

 

>99.99%

 

 

 

 

Integration Cloud

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Java Cloud

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Load Balancer

 

 

>99.99%

 

 

 

 

Mobile Hub

 

 

>99.95%

 

 

 

 

Monitoring

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

My SQL Database

 

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

NoSQL Database Cloud

 

 

>99.95%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Notifications Service

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

Object Storage

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

Oracle Content and Experience Cloud

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

Outbound Data Transfer

 

 

>99.5%

 

 

 

 

SOA Suite Cloud

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Streaming Service

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

Vault

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

 

Visual Builder Cloud

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

WebLogic

 

 

 

>99.9%

 

 

 

Web Application Firewall

 

 

>99.99%

 

 

Surge Protector

 

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Service Level Agreement. (Oracle, 2021.) See more at: https://www.oracle.com/uk/cloud/sla/

Which service providers do Oracle Networks support?

Oracle support the following as FastConnect connectivity partners:

  • ALOO Telecom
  • Aryaka
  • Ascenty
  • AT&T Business
  • @Tokyo
  • Bell
  • BSO
  • BT
  • C3NTRO Telecom
  • Chief Telecom
  • CloudLink by zayo
  • Cologix
  • Colt
  • CoreSite
  • ITOCHU
  • Cyxtera
  • Digital Realty
  • Edgeconnex
  • Epsilon
  • Equinix
  • eunetworks
  • IIJ
  • GPX
  • intercloud
  • interxion
  • KDDI
  • Liquid Telecom
  • Lumen
  • Mobily Business
  • Megaport
  • Neutrona
  • NEXTDC
  • NRI
  • NTT
  • NTT Communications
  • NTT Data
  • NTT East
  • Orange Business Services 
  • Orixcom
  • packetfabric
  • Consoleconnect by PCCW Global
  • PIT Chile
  • QTS
  • Sify
  • TATA Communications
  • Telia Carrier
  • Tokai
  • Vodafone Business 
  • Verizon 
  • Windstream Enterprise
  • Zain 

Additional Notes:

Oracle currently specialise in providing solutions to the following industries: 

  • Automotive
  • Communications
  • Construction & Engineering 
  • Consumer Goods
  • Education & Research 
  • Financial Services 
  • Food & Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • High Technology
  • Hospitality 
  • Industrial Manufacturing 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Media & Entertainment 
  • Professional Services 
  • Public Sector 
  • Retail 
  • Utilities 

Focus

Proposition Focus

35%
10%
20%
35%
Cloud services
SASE security
Portal
SD WAN

Cloud Focus

32.5%
32.5%
35%
AWS
Azure
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Other Focus

40%
30%
30%
Remote users
Simplicity
Complex requirements

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