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Soni Jiandani: Why Pensando’s Edge Platform Leapfrogs AWS’ Nitro System

Pensando Co-founder and Chief Business Officer Soni Jiandani says the company’s breakthrough edge platform, which is now available on some Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers and HPE GreenLake, leapfrogs AWS’ Nitro system architecture.

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Pensando Co-founder and Chief Business Officer Soni Jiandani says the edge cloud startup is flat out delivering better performance and security at the edge than rival Amazon Web Services’ Nitro system.

The ability to build the new edge architecture from the “ground up” has given Pensando, led by an all-star team of former Cisco engineers along with former Cisco CEO and current Pensando Chairman John Chambers, an architectural advantage over AWS Nitro, said Jiandani.

“That gives us the ability to leapfrog what the likes of AWS and Nitro are doing,” said Jiandani, one of the members of the famous MPLS (Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero and Jiandani) Cisco executive team responsible for many networking breakthroughs, who are all now executives or board members at Pensando. “We are making this available to enterprise customers who can now build a private cloud with the same blueprint as a hyperscaler architecture.”

In fact, Jiandani said, the Pensando technology is delivering hyperscaler economics that were not previously available for enterprise data centers.

“This is a transformation and an architectural play which will democratize the notion of delivery of cloud services, whether it is on-prem or off-prem,” said Jiandani. “That is why we call it a democratization. You don’t have to be AWS to have Nitro. You can have this offering available from your enterprise server companies, and your partner can bring a blueprint and the services to you so you can build a better cloud—a more secure cloud, a more agile cloud—and drive the same level of operational efficiencies with the scale that you could only get previously from a hyperscaler.”

Pensando is delivering nine-times faster performance with lower latency, while also protecting the “root” access to the server—effectively cutting off bad actors, said Jiandani.

Pensando Wednesday said it is teaming with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver a breakout edge security offering with the Pensando Distributed Services Platform (DSP) as an option on the most popular HPE servers and the HPE GreenLake pay-per-use platform.

“One of the things that occurs the minute you include a [Pensando] Distributed Services Card (DSC) in an HPE server is it not only takes over the function of a classic adapter in your server, but it also prevents the bad actors or unauthorized people to not get root access to your compute infrastructure and your compute platform which is a huge advantage from a security perspective,” she said.

Jiandani spoke to CRN about the benefits of the HPE partnership to the channel and to customers, the future of edge computing and why Pensando would like to work with Cisco.

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