Granite Launches Granite Guardian FlexEdge to Deliver Single-Source Network Management
Communications Provider Introduces Universal Edge Device to Manage Security, SD-WAN, IP Communications, POTS Lines, Cellular Data and More
QUINCY, Mass. – December 21, 2020 – Granite Telecommunications, a $1.6 billion provider of communications services to multilocation businesses and government agencies, today announced the availability of Granite Guardian FlexEdge, a universal customer premises device that consolidates multiple network functions, such as firewall, SD-WAN, session border controller (SBC), cellular data router and more.
Granite Guardian FlexEdge is an enhancement to Granite Guardian, a comprehensive managed network solution that safeguards the availability and performance of business connections from WAN to LAN using an “as-a-service” delivery model. Granite Guardian includes services for Access Remediation, Local Area Network (LAN), Security and Wide Area Network (WAN) Optimization.
“Granite Guardian FlexEdge enables us to deliver any and all of our best-of-breed managed network solutions without deploying proprietary hardware,” said Rand Currier, COO at Granite. “With the push of a button, FlexEdge can become a firewall, an SD-WAN router, an SBC, or cellular data endpoint. It’s the total package.”
Uniquely, Granite Guardian FlexEdge also enables companies to quickly test or deploy one or more Guardian solutions without installing and paying for new hardware each time.
“There is an old saying that you can have something better, cheaper or faster, but you can only pick two. Granite Guardian FlexEdge allows you to have all three,” said Currier. “FlexEdge not only enables customers to have more flexibility in choosing the best solutions for their needs and budget, but it also reduces hardware costs and speeds deployment since there’s no waiting for hardware to be shipped or for a truck roll.”
The all-in-one Granite Guardian FlexEdge device allows enterprises to:
- Terminate an Ethernet circuit
- Connect a broadband modem
- Add 4G/5G wireless backup
- Install a proxy server that enables Granite Guardian Advanced Monitoring
- Run an instance of any of Granite SD-WAN or security solutions
- Deploy an industry-leading firewall from Fortinet, Juniper, Palo Alto, or Checkpoint
- Install an SBC to run Granite VoIP services
Granite Guardian FlexEdge enables enterprises to benefit from:
- Single-box solution
- On-demand service chaining without the need for extra truck rolls
- Built-in remote troubleshooting tools
- Rapid proof of concept
- Lower hardware costs
“Granite has set itself apart in the marketplace by simplifying, buying and managing communications solutions with one contact and one bill,” said Currier. “Granite Guardian FlexEdge extends this advantage with one universal edge device.”