Interview with Mr. Galeal Zino, Founder and CEO at NetFoundry

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Last updated: August 2, 2021

Though technology has advanced dramatically in our times, not all aspects of it have developed equally. Networking is one aspect of technology that has been lagging behind for a while. Traditional networking still uses bulky hardware and VPNs and is difficult to deploy, manage and expand. It is also complex to manage and prone to safety threats. Hence, there was a demand for a solution that could reduce the complexity of networking while improving efficiency and safety. 

Thankfully, NetFoundry came up with a solution that completely changed the way networks worked. NetFoundry simplified networking by removing the hardware element and provided a zero-trust, cloud-native platform where networks could be easily set up and managed, much to the delight of users worldwide.

We are fortunate to have interviewed Mr. Galeal Zino, the CEO of NetFoundry, and learn about his journey and vision for the future.

In Conversation with Mr. Galeal Zino, Founder and CEO at NetFoundry

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

A warm welcome from SoftwareSuggest Mr. Galeal Zino. Our readers are keen to know about you. Tell us about your journey so far.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to engage. I have been involved in the Networking industry for the past few decades, and I’ve experienced both large and small companies. Our teams designed, developed, and implemented the world’s largest VoIP network and built global voice and video communications services. That was before NetFoundry.

We started NetFoundry with a mission to transform networking into a catalyst for innovation by abstracting away all of the complexity, manual management, and cumbersome deployment scenarios that have plagued our industry for the past 20 years. The future of networking is zero-trust, cloud-native, and software only – this is what NetFoundry does.

What is your success formula? Something you have personally followed that has helped you in your personal and professional journey.

I would say start with the customer and work very hard to truly understand the customer’s situation, their challenges, and also how and where they see opportunities to innovate. With that starting point, we move to build world-class products that address challenges and speak customer value. And the best way to do that is to enable innovation with your products and services.

What is the biggest challenge that you are facing while working towards NetFoundry’s growth, and how did you overcome it?

The opportunity for NetFoundry is massively huge. Security risks faced by all organizations continue to grow in complexity and are accelerating in pace. And these trends will continue to grow and expand. Our challenges are to continue our focus and prioritize key opportunities.

What separates NetFoundry from its competitors?

Thank you for this question. NetFoundry is the only global provider of zero-trust networking that provides customers with the opportunity to immediately improve security without compromising business velocity, agility, or flexibility.

Our customers can add on-demand, programmable, private networking with embedded identity, authentication, authorization, and micro-segmentation without complicating their product or software processes.

NetFoundry provides a cloud-native zero-trust platform, delivered as-a-service, that transforms networking into infrastructure as code which accelerates agility and innovation.

How do you see the company changing in two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

Zero Trust is now recognized as THE solution to combat advanced cybersecurity threats, including Ransomware. Over the next few years, the adoption of zero-trust architectures will increase dramatically as organizations look to move beyond traditional network security models that are now completely outdated and failing to protect.

We believe NetFoundry has the best and simplest to implement a solution to counteract today’s cyber threats. We look forward to being the leading provider of true zero-trust solutions – worldwide.

How has Covid-19 impacted your business, and what is your strategy moving forward in the new normal?

Of course, Covid-19 impacted pretty much every business. Fortunately, we built NetFoundry as a “virtual” company from day one, so our teams are well versed and comfortable working remotely. For our business, we did not experience any disruptions.

The business impact we experienced was a rush of new customers who were seeking ways to support their (newly remote) workforces with secure remote access. Companies like ApexonHealth, KEO International Consultants, and Regal Springs came on board with NetFoundry, in part, due to our ability to secure and transform their remote connectivity systems in a matter of hours or days. Secure remote access continues to be a core use case our customers use NetFoundry for.

What new and exciting updates can we expect from NetFoundry in the near future?

As mentioned earlier, you will see zero-trust become the dominant networking architecture. You will see a growing industry trend where zero-trust networking is embedded at the code level into applications. NetFoundry will be front and center in driving these trends.

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