For most of us, it’s hard to imagine what networking would be like without complexity. Even something simple, like moving a printer, can take weeks of planning, provisioning and system updates to get it from the fourth floor to the fifth. The number of person hours required to make a move almost costs more than the printer. It’s not sustainable. Why?
In today’s Internet 2.0 world, where connecting everything is the priority, we run into a fundamental problem. IPv4, the backbone protocol of all networking, has a finite number of addresses. IPv6 is a response to some, but not all, of its shortcomings. As a result, many connected devices use dynamic IP addresses from a limited pool or use static IP addresses. These create conflicts which must be overcome with specific routing rules and network management practices. This adds complexity and costs that cannot be avoided, along with vulnerabilities that are almost impossible to secure.
If this mad scramble to connect everything is “Internet 2.0”, then “Internet 3.0” must get back to the original intent of endpoint-to-endpoint networking while eliminating the pitfalls and shortcomings of IP. How can we get to a point where moving a printer is as simple as unplugging it, moving it to the new location and plugging it back in? We must move away from the address-defined networking model, that relies on an IP address acting as both location and identity, to an identity-defined model that gives every endpoint or device a unique, cryptographic identity.
Internet 3.0 – Making the Impossible, Possible
Identity Defined Networking (IDN) opens a world of possibilities and connections that are difficult, if not impossible in an address-defined model. Suddenly the limitations that are caused by IP addressing dissolve, and we have actual, simplified networking that is flexible in ways not previously available, and has unbreakable security built-in. For instance:
- Device-level identity means that many traditional routing rules don’t apply, making it possible to connect any device on any network to any other device on any other network. As long as the identities are authenticated it no longer matters where they are.
- It also means that connections which are impossible in an IP network are now possible. Using address defined networking, it is often not possible to connect devices on two different networks. With individual host identities, the restrictions no longer apply.
- Using endpoint-level identity it is possible to instantly create segments that can scale from an entire network down to a single device. And because the connection is encrypted and authenticated, the segment is virtually unbreakable.
- Identity based networking also means that someone would need the credentials of a user, and their specific device to hack into a network. And since identities cannot be spoofed, the attack surface of a network can effectively be reduced to zero.
- When unbreakable segmentation, isolation, and cloaking are included by default and the underlying network technology is inherently secure, it fundamentally changes the paradigm of how a network can be designed and implemented.
At Tempered Networks, we are pioneering Internet 3.0, to bring networking out of the dark ages of address defined networking and into the age of identity defined networking (IDN). We are the only company offering customers true networking without borders or boundaries. The ability to connect any device to any other, anytime and anywhere. Enabled by the Host Identity Protocol (HIP), our IDN solutions are helping all types of customers discover the benefits that Internet 3.0 brings to their business.
Internet 3.0: Business Benefits Everywhere You Look
Every day our customers are finding new ways to take advantage of IDN or uncovering hidden benefits of our solution: For example:
- One customer estimated that two engineers could provision 20 systems a week using traditional processes. With the Tempered Networks solution, they estimated that those same two engineers could provision 500 systems a week. By implementing a Tempered Networks IDN, they believe they will save about $6M/yr in IT headcount alone.
- An energy company in the southern US needed to securely connect 35 monitoring stations along a pipeline. Their options were between adding hard-wired, physical firewalls at each location or adding cellular enabled HIP-switches from Tempered Networks and quickly creating a secure IDN. With the Tempered Networks solution, they saved over $200k on hardware and subscription costs in the first three years of deployment.
Are you ready for Internet 3.0? A networked future that delivers on the original promise of networking, endpoint-to-endpoint, and eliminates many of the issues that make today’s IP networks complex and expensive. It may sound like a fantasy, but Identity Defined Networking and Internet 3.0 are here today. Welcome to the future of networking! Simple, Flexible and Secure.