How The Nile Blueprint is Setting the Standard for Campus NaaS

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In the latest episode of MEF’s Executives at the Edge podcast, The Rise of Campus NaaS: Revolutionizing Connectivity, Pascal Menezes engaged in a detailed discussion with Suresh Katukam, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Nile, focusing on the transformative impact of campus Network-as-a-Service (NaaS). They explored its increasing significance in reshaping enterprise connectivity and closely examined Nile’s unique methodology and implementation of NaaS.

The Rise of Campus NaaS

NaaS is emerging as a critical response to complex network challenges in today’s business world. Suresh Katukam emphasized its ability to provide robust performance, enhanced security, and cost efficiency. Nile’s AI-driven approach stands out by offering a service that all but makes the network invisible, providing LAN/WLAN connectivity that’s fully automated, even self-healing.

Ensuring Continuous Performance

Nile’s approach allows the company to uniquely guarantee network performance for all users, devices, and applications on the network. This is critically important to enable organizations Nile supports to feel like they can truly step away, reclaim time to focus on other strategic endeavors, and are comfortable with the level of security, all essential areas in settings like universities and large enterprises. Nile’s Zero Trust framework fortifies defense against cyber threats, ensuring a secure networking environment.

Zero Trust Network Access Synergy

Zero Trust, a modern cybersecurity staple, strengthens NaaS by enforcing strict access control and continuous network monitoring. This is another important element in Nile’s design, integrating security natively within the service to fortify defense against cyber threats, and thus ensuring a secure networking environment.

The Subscription Model Advantage

The NaaS subscription model aligns with the shift from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx), offering scalable and customizable services without the need for hardware management. Subscription also removes the burden of lifecycle management with teams gaining the assurance that their infrastructure will always be updated and maintained to deliver the needed performance.

Real-World Benefits

Success stories that showcase Nile’s impact:

  • Insurance Benefits: One customer, after struggling to obtain cybersecurity insurance, not only secured it but also benefited from lower premiums upon revealing their use of Nile’s services.
  • Impacting Students: At Stanford University, students/staff noticed and praised the improved network quality.
  • Reclaimed Resources: Another enterprise experienced a greater than 80% reduction in the time that they would normally have to invest in order to maintain the LAN/WLAN, freeing valuable resources.
  • Cost Savings: A customer planning to expand internationally found that using Nile’s services would be 50-70% more cost-effective than traditional models.


The discussion with Pascal Menezes and Suresh Katukam underscores the transformative impact of campus NaaS in the enterprise sector. Offering enhanced performance, robust security, and cost-effectiveness, Nile is redefining enterprise network connectivity in the digital age.

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Suresh Katukam

Co-founder and CPO | Nile

Suresh Katukam is an experienced technologist and entrepreneur with a proven track record of successfully building and launching a range of products. Prior to co-founding Nile, Suresh held positions at companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Aruba Networks, Cisco, and various startups.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Suresh has held diverse roles encompassing product management, engineering, business development, investments, and acquisitions. He has also made contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence, publishing several research papers and co-authoring industry standards and IETF drafts. Additionally, Suresh is an inventor with 40 patents to his name.

Suresh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.