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128 Technology: Reinventing Routers in Software

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

128 Technology pulls no punches with its tagline: “The Internet is broken. We’re here to fix it.” The core weakness the company is targeting is in the lowly router, which has been sending TCP/IP packets on their way for decades.

The problem with routing, of course, is security. While TCP/IP operates on layers 4 and 3 of the OSI stack, respectively, we’ve always had to layer security on top – with VPN technologies at layers 5 or 6, and SSL and TLS at layer 7.

If only someone would build security directly into the router – and furthermore, implement it as policy-driven and Software-Defined.

That’s what 128 Technology means by “fixing” the Internet. The vendor reinvents the router in software, introducing metadata in the TCP (or UDP) header that creates secure sessions – thus routing sessions instead of packets.

The result is that the vendor is set to disrupt several different markets: any tunneling-based technology like VPNs, SD-WAN products that build an abstraction on top of existing routing technology, and the load balancer market as well, as 128 Technology can distribute traffic as per any policy, not simply per traditional routing tables.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).