EarthLink Taps VeloCloud for Its SD-WAN Services
The service provider will use VeloCloud's technologies as the foundation of its SD-WAN services, which will launch later this year.Service provider EarthLink later this year will launch a software-defined WAN service that will be based on technologies from vendor VeloCloud. Officials with the network services provider said the new service is part of a larger effort to offer businesses tools to help reduce their costs and increase revenues through improved application performance, greater bandwidth control and always-on services for customers. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is designed to enable businesses to address such growing trends as cloud computing, the interne of things (IoT), data analytics and greater workforce mobility through more branch and remote office networks that are more automated, scalable, agile and affordable. "Companies wanting to enhance the experience for their customers need to maximize application performance and meet increasing bandwidth demands with a viable cost-effective solution," Earthlink President and CEO Joe Eazor said in a statement. "Implementing SD-WAN alongside other managed network services will give our customers more visibility and control over the applications, websites and devices that utilize their network." EarthLink becomes the latest service provider to offer SD-WAN services through partnerships with vendors in an increasingly crowded and competitive market. For example, Verizon is using technologies from Cisco Systems and Viptela to extend SD-WAN services to its customers, while BT Group is partnering with Cisco as well. In addition, other service providers, including CenturyLink and MetTel, are offering their own SD-WAN products.
The emerging trends in the business space, such as the cloud and IoT, are putting pressure on organizations to manage the growing and changing pressures on their networks. Enterprises traditionally have used transport models like multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) to move data traffic between campus environments and central data centers. However, now applications are coming from a variety of sources, including the cloud, and more connectivity options are needed. Businesses want to incorporate and unify multiple transport models—not only MPLS but also other options like broadband, DSL, 3G, 4G and the internet.