Tell us in brief about Sangfor Technologies and your solutions.
Sangfor Technologies is a leading global vendor of IT infrastructure solutions. We specialize in Cloud Computing & Network Security with a wide range of products including: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Next Generation Application Firewall, Internet Access Management, WAN Optimization, SSL & IPSec VPN and many others. Established in 2000, Sangfor currently has 3,500+ employees with 60+ branch offices globally in exciting locations like Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, UAE and the USA.
Could you please share with us your major partnerships and go to market strategy?
Sangfor is a 100% Channel sales company, meaning we only sell through our channel partners. Our structure ensures that our customers get the best and most personalized technical support and services. We work closely with our channel partners to equip them for success with intensive sales and product trainings, marketing resources and any other tools they require. In short, we give the best to our partners so that they can give the best to our customers. We make sure our customers get the best value on the market while investing deeply in the R&D of unique and innovative features that are not available from other vendors.
As technology matures, what are the benefits hyperconvergence can bring to businesses?
Compared to traditional hardware-rooted data center solutions, HCI is software-centric and must more flexible to deploy. Customers no longer need to test, stack and optimize products from different vendor – everything is ready when HCI arrives on site. You simply power on the appliance and it’s ready to go! TMM is reduced from months to days, allowing more time for business innovation. Sangfor HCI is the world’s very first 3rd generation HCI that natively converges compute, storage, networking and security, providing a simple and secure software-defined data center platform to help customers accelerate digital transformation in a cost-effective way.
How is HCI a growing trend for today’s datacentres?
Considering the web-scale architecture of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, HCI has become an ideal construct for software-defined data centers and cloud. By consolidating traditional DC building blocks into a commodity x86 server platform, customers enjoy an extremely simplified data center platform and a smooth ride to cloud. Software rules the world we can predict HCI will maintain its growth rate until it becomes the major approach to cloud.
How is Artificial Intelligence driving the adoption of hyperconverged cloud infrastructures?
Sangfor believes AI and machine learning will fundamentally shape the way we manage IT as the technology matures and we hope to proactively leverage this future growth. There are many ways to take advantage of AI on the HCI platform. HCI will use AI to analyze workload behaviors and intelligently configure the most suitable resources for the workload. It will be capable of predicting resource consumption and recommending the right resources at the right time for future expansion, while it automates most of the HCI management processes without any human intervention. Once configured, AI will make HCI smart enough to take care of itself, running everything automatically and intelligently and reducing human intervention to a minimum. Of course, that will take a long time to develop, but adding AI capabilities to HCI step-by-step will benefit the HCI adoption rate by making it simpler and more agile.
You have been recognized by Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. Please share with our readers about the Sangfor NGAF Firewall Platform.
Sangfor NGAF has been designed with our users in mind to protect them against all types of threats to business systems or and end-users, internal or external, existing or future, with an easy-to-use converged security solution. Sangfor NGAF is easy to understand, deploy and operate for the average IT employee.
Sangfor NGAF provides security features including ACL, Anti-Virus, IPS, APT Protection, Unknown Threat Protection, WAF and a Report Center. Customer can use one console to manage all security operations including many unique security features like Risk Assessment, Web Scanner and Real Time Vulnerability.
What is your roadmap for the year?
In the second half of 2018 Sangfor plans to release several majorly updated versions of our existing products, providing users with some fantastic new business features they have been asking for. We are particularly looking forward to our upcoming Sangfor IAM “Business Intelligence” module release which will enable our users to leverage big data analytics to make pivotal business decisions. We want to put a finger on the pulse of organizations by making IT capable of doing everything from influencing intelligent decision making to having the granular control necessary to detect any PC’s after business hours and turn them off – reducing power wastage.
The upcoming version of Sangfor NGAF has been integrated with Sangfor’s own innovative malware detection technology, leveraging AI to proactively detect threats in the network.