MetTel Unveils New SD-WAN Services
The managed communications service provider's rollout comes seven months after the company announced a partnership with SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud.MetTel, which offers managed communications services, is making the move into the fast-growing software-defined WAN space with a solution aimed at enterprise and midmarket customers. Company officials unveiled the new offering May 17, saying that software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is becoming one of the top communications services requested, especially among organizations in the retail, health care, hospitality and transportation markets. MetTel is offering its SD-WAN solution through its carrier partners, which include AT&T and Verizon, allowing end users to take advantage of a fully managed network deployment and enabling them to expand and unify the transport models they're using in their campus and remote networks. The service provider's holistic solution offers the affordability, agility, efficiencies and security that organizations are looking for in their deployments, according to Gary Gluzman, executive director of product at MetTel. "When dealing with a multilayered, hybrid solution like SD-WAN, organizations should consider consolidating all related products under a single network to fully realize its potential," Gluzman said in a statement.
SD-WAN technologies are getting a lot of attention from organizations having to manage the pressures being put on their networks from such trends as mobility, the Internet of things (IoT) and the cloud. Enterprises traditionally have used transport models like multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) to move data traffic between campus environments and central data centers. However, with greater mobility and the cloud, applications are coming from a variety of sources, including the cloud, and direct connections are needed. Businesses are looking for ways to make the WAN more agile, scalable and affordable, and want to incorporate and unify multiple transport models—not only MPLS but also broadband, DSL, 3G and 4G.