VeloCloud Helps MetTel Make Shift to NFV via SD-WAN

February 23, 2016

By Rory Lidstone, Contributing Writer

Last month, VeloCloud Networks closed a successful Series C funding found that brought in $27 million for the company. At the time, VeloCloud said it planned to use the funding to expand business operations, supporting accelerated product development and customer rollouts. True to its word, VeloCloud has just announced a major partnership with communications service provider MetTel (News - Alert).

An existing VeloCloud business partner, MetTel has expanded its relationship with VeloCloud by deploying VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN running on the VMware vCloud NFV platform, and featuring the production-proven VMware vSphere platform.

With this deployment, VeloCloud now enables enterprise-grade performance, security and reliability to enterprise and cloud applications via the MetTel managed SD-WAN and bonded Internet solution. In this case, VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN is run as an overlay over internet and hybrid links, simplifying deployments and reducing costs all the while.

"Using VMware vSphere to support our adoption of network functions virtualization is a perfect complement to VeloCloud SD-WAN and is a key to our technology choice," said Ed Fox, vice president of Network Solutions (News - Alert) at MetTel. "VMware helps us deliver new revenue-generating services, and transforms our infrastructure and operations through the adoption of NFV."

In addition, MetTel leverages vSphere as network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) to run VeloCloud Gateways, which then integrate seamlessly with the MetTel private MPLS network. The result is an enhanced Hybrid WAN solution that is more effective for MetTel customers.

"MetTel is a great example of the synergy that VeloCloud and VMware bring to a future of increased virtualization and software-definition in wide area networks," said VeloCloud CEO and co-founder Sanjay Uppal. "All of us share a common vision of flexibility, simplicity and automation for enterprise WANs of the future. Using VMware allows us to abstract away from specific hardware to deliver on-demand services for both on-premise and cloud based SD-WAN."

Edited by Maurice Nagle