The Silicon Review
Over the years, branch, mobile, and IoT edge networks have undergone a drastic change, taking traditional enterprise WANs to their breaking point. Organizations nowadays are trying to manage complex branch sites; data-driven vehicle fleets and mobile command centers; a vast array of IoT and M2M use cases; and everything in between.
Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is the industry leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE network solutions for business, service providers, and government organizations.
Committed to extending its leadership into the emerging 5G space, Cradlepoint has more than 23,000 customers worldwide in retail, financial services, healthcare, transportation, public sector, and other industries. Its Elastic Edge™ vision provides a blueprint for next-generation, software-defined edge networks built on pervasive and reliable 4G/5G wireless services, connecting people, places, and things everywhere with enterprise-class visibility, security, and control.
Cradlepoint’s all-inclusive NetCloud Solution Packages for branch, mobile, and IoT networks combine tailored NetCloud services with fit-for-purpose hardware and a comprehensive support plan. NetCloud Solution Packages are cloud-managed and deployable anywhere in days, not months.
Cradlepoint is headquartered in Boise, Idaho,has a development center in Silicon Valley, California, and international offices in the UK and Australia.
Cradlepoint NetCloud Products
Rapidly deploy and dynamically manage networks at geographically distributed locations with NetCloud Manager, Cradlepoint’s network management service within the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform. Improve productivity, reduce costs, and enhance the intelligence of your network and business operations.
Benefits of NetCloud Manager:
Enterprises use NetCloud Perimeter, a service that leverages Software-Defined Perimeter technology, to spin up virtual networks in the cloud that protect IoT devices.
These invitation-only overlay networks utilize a private address space, eliminating the need for routable IPs on the Internet and obscuring them from the reach of potential hackers. They also isolate IoT traffic from different devices and from trusted networks (example: keeping IoT devices off the corporate WAN). The “cloud” is how Cradlepoint orchestrates, deploys, and manages its perimeter-secured overlays, which can reach anywhere across the Internet.
In IoT use cases—especially utilizing sensors—data must be securely and directly connected to the cloud so it can be leveraged to inform business decisions and boost efficiencies. Device-to-cloud overlay networks are what communicate the connection between IoT devices and the cloud. This is the “why” behind perimeter-secured overlay networks.
NetCloud Perimeter is deployed directly on IoT devices, laptops, tablets, and smartphones that run Linux, OS-X, Windows, Android, or iOS with the NetCloud Client. A NetCloud Gateway is deployed into a NetCloud Perimeter when a Cradlepoint router (or other physical or virtual Linux server) runs the NetCloud Client in gateway mode. With a NetCloud Gateway, any IP-based device (e.g. printers, NAS, cameras, sensors, etc.) can be connected to the overlay network without the NetCloud Client installed.
Digital transformation demands a Network Edge that is always available, flexible, and agile. Cradlepoint’s NetCloud OS (NCOS) offers advanced routing and security features for branch, mobile, and M2M/IoT—and seamlessly connects to NetCloud Manager for zero-touch and Day-1 deployments.
NCOS’s advanced VPN and encryption provides better security for local and remote connections from IKEv2 with mobile to Suite B Compliance, NCOS has the features to keep the network secure. NCOS also supports optional services such as IDS/IPS and content filtering that deliver basic Unified Threat Management (UTM) for today’s business-critical networks.
Connection Manager, Smart WAN Selection, and Auto-QoS deliver SD-WAN functionality optimized for multi-WAN deployments—combining wired and LTE to enable automated management and reduce costs.
NCOS is consistently updated so your business-critical enterprise networks are always secure. This creates a flexible, always available infrastructure for branch offices, vehicles, or M2M/IoT devices—or a combination of all three.
“NetCloud Manager has been extremely helpful for us in deploying routers as soon as possible. The ability to access NetCloud Manager from any location really expanded the support capabilities that our team could provide. Just that visibility alone is something we don’t get with a lot of other spaces within our IT infrastructure."
- Emily Meadows, the public safety portfolio manager for AACoFD.
“We had been averaging 9,000 to 10,000 customer service calls per month. With Cradlepoint, that number has fallen by about 25 percent. The difference saves us an entire full-time employee.”
- Billy Wingfield, operations director for VRT.
The Man Behind The Picture
George Mulhern, CEO & Chairman of the Board: George brings proven leadership and 25 years of business-to-business technology expertise to Cradlepoint. During his 20-year career at Hewlett Packard, George had responsibility for hardware, software, and services businesses that ranged in size from several million dollars to multi-billions of dollars of annual revenue. He successfully led businesses with sites located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and he developed and implemented growth strategies both organically and through acquisition for the SMB and enterprise markets.
Mulhern’s last position with HP was as Senior Vice President, leading the LaserJet Global Business Unit. More recently, he was a general partner with Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise-based venture capital fund that served as a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups to help drive economic growth in the Northwest region. George holds a bachelor's degree and MBA, Business Administration, from San Jose University.