Sprint today announced it has launched its Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services. SD-WAN is an approach to designing and deploying an enterprise WAN with software-driven centralized management that reduces complexity, maximizes network resources, and enables fast responses to changing business priorities.
Rampant innovation, the Cloud, IoT and the diversity of network technologies, devices and carriers combined with an ever-growing mobile workforce are increasing network use and complexity.
“The rapid change in technology is driving companies to consider SD-WAN as the answer to simplifying network challenges,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. “The Sprint SD-WAN dashboard provides our customers with real-time, detailed visibility into the performance of their entire WAN and all of their applications, while single-click deployment minimizes the set-up time for branch offices and temporary sites.”
SD-WAN services are successful in providing the tools that streamline network oversight, increase uptime, improve application performance, and enable lightning-fast responses to the operational aspects of WAN, including provisioning, troubleshooting and branch office support. Additionally, as enterprise bandwidth needs continue to skyrocket, SD-WAN helps businesses control costs by utilizing hybrid WAN and dynamic steering to make full use of their bandwidth.
“Our business customers and prospects have a keen interest in realizing the benefits of SD-WAN technology,” Fitz said. “This is evidenced by the number of customers we have lined up to adopt the Sprint SD-WAN solution.”
Sprint teamed with VeloCloud, a leader in Cloud-delivered SD-WAN solutions, and began customer trials in 4Q, 2016.
“Sprint chose VeloCloud following a thorough vendor evaluation process and we have been working closely on customer opportunities,” said Sanjay Uppal, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of VeloCloud.
“Sprint’s managed services expertise and commitment to exceptional care, combined with our industry-leading SD-WAN platform, provides automation, network agility, increased visibility, end to end security and improved performance for real-time and cloud applications across distributed locations,” Uppal added.
Sprint SD-WAN Service is easy for enterprises to adopt, with no need to “rip and replace” their current network elements, resulting in minimal disruption to end-users. For connectivity, enterprises can use new or existing Sprint MPLS or broadband internet connectivity, as well as bring their own broadband (BYOBB) from other providers. Sprint manages the customer’s SD-WAN solution across transport vendors, providing an integrated and seamless end-to-end experience.
Flexible management tiers enable customers to select the level of support they need, including a Sprint fully managed solution. Sprint SD-WAN integrates easily with the Sprint suite of converged services, including SIP Trunking, SIP Cloud Toll Free, Workplace-as-a-Service, Wi-Fi and UCaaS solutions. The Sprint SD-WAN “As-a-Service” model also makes it easier for enterprises to scale and adjust to business changes while providing simple, clear pricing that streamlines planning and cost control.
Sprint SD-WAN services complement Sprint’s comprehensive suite of services that include Global MPLS, Dedicated Internet Access, Managed VoIP, Global SIP Trunking, UCaaS, Cloud Exchange, Managed Network and Security Solutions, and the award-winning Workplace-as-a-Service.
“The move to an all-IP network that delivers voice, data, video and wireless applications is creating more complex WANs that demands visibility and the ability to react immediately to any issues that threaten network performance,” Fitz said. “Sprint SD-WAN provides the ‘single pane of glass’ our business customers need to rapidly deploy emerging technologies, reduce management complexity, and maintain network stability and consistency.”