SD-WAN Reaches a Full Sprint

October 13, 2016

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

We’ve all seen the projections for the potential of the SD-WAN market. The explosive growth is set to see this small market reach a valuation in the billions over the next few years. This week we saw new participants enter the fray, namely carriers – with Sprint (News - Alert) announcing the arrival of its SD-WAN services.

Sprint selected VeloCloud as its partner on the endeavor, with plans to launch services globally at the beginning of 2017.

“After a thorough vendor evaluation process, Sprint determined that the VeloCloud solution best aligned with Sprint’s focus on network agility, flexibility and cloud services enablement, said Mike Fitz, Vice President of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. “We are excited to work with VeloCloud to support additional customer proof of concepts and build upon our existing relationship.”

The market demands improved WAN options; with growing network requirements comes a raised performance bar. There is a loud cry for secure, high-performing and flexible WAN solutions to best support the number of firms employing cloud services and migrating voice, data and video on the same all-IP network.

Fitz continued to explain, “Sprint SD-WAN will transform the way our business customers use their network,” said Fitz.  “SD-WAN enables enterprises to lower their network costs while dynamically supporting converged services such as SIP Trunking, cloud services, and hosted applications.”

There is no mystery to the high expectations for SD-WAN; offering a means to easily manage the complexity of the network, increase agility and security, while keeping cost down.

“We are proud to partner with Sprint,” exclaimed Sanjay Uppal, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of VeloCloud. “Sprint is a leader in providing worldwide voice and data networking solutions.  Sprint’s managed services expertise and commitment to exceptional care, coupled with VeloCloud’s industry leading SD-WAN platform, delivers a powerful and advanced network solution with end-to-end security.”

We are neck deep in the midst of a software-defined transformation, and as we grow from the handful of SD-WAN trailblazers of today to a mature market in years to come, this arena is primed and poised to one day be the networking norm.

Edited by Alicia Young