New Network And Security Player On The Scene: Witesand

Witesand just came out of stealth today, and made a video presentation based primarily at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.  Praveen Jain, a co-founder of Witesand and various other networking companies, was the main presenter and conducted various interviews with interested third parties.  The company’s cloud services asset discovery, NAC, wired and wireless provisioning, monitoring, analytics, and its Network Time Machine service.  In our research about the Enhanced Network Access Control (ENAC), we expect to reach a market size of $1.1B in 2025.  A significant differentiator of the company is that Witesand’s cloud services are hardware-vendor agnostic, meaning that the system is intended to operate with network equipment from other vendors like Cisco, Juniper, and HPE Aruba.

At today’s presentation, the company had executives from supporters and customers, including from Planful (a cloud-based NAC customer) and Juniper Networks.  While Juniper executive Bob Friday’s (who is a founder of recently acquired Mist Systems) in-person attendance was not an explicit endorsement of Witesand by Juniper, we find it interesting that he attended – especially because Juniper does not offer cloud-based ENAC services.

The company said it has customers including a global retailer, a publicly traded software company, a global logistics company, a healthcare provider, a Managed Service Provider (MSP), Rahi Systems (a MSP), and others were using its various services, including Cloud Enhanced Network Access Control, provisioning, monitoring and analytics.