SOVA to Sell Verizon SD-WAN

January 05, 2017

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

SOVA has added Verizon’s (News - Alert) SD-WAN offering to its portfolio for agents, and small and medium organizations. The Verizon SD-WAN solution outfits users with the ability to perform responsive path selection, to employ multiple connection types, and to support virtual private networks and third-party services.

“This is an excellent technology that allows organizations to seamlessly allocate bandwidth as applications require it,” SOVA President and CEO Gene Esopi said. “This has a number of advantages including cost efficiencies, disaster recovery features, and management analytics across networks."

A good number of communications services providers, such as AT&T (News - Alert), BT, CenturyLink, Colt, Masergy, Singtel, Sprint, Verizon, and Vonage, already have rolled out SD-WAN services or plan to do so soon. For example, Colt Technology Services has expanded its managed SD-WAN service to 13 countries across Europe and expects it will reach even more countries with SD-WAN in 2017. And Sprint (News - Alert) expects to globally launch its SD-WAN services early this year.

“We can’t keep up with the number of RFPs and RFIs coming in from service providers because they’re the ones who are providing connectivity,” says John Vincenzo, senior vice president and CMO at Silver Peak (News - Alert). “A lot of companies are recognizing SD-WAN is going to happen, there are POs, so if [they] don’t have an offering, someone else will.”

International Data Corp. forecasts that SD-WAN revenue will start to ramp strongly in 2016 and 2017 across a range of vertical markets. Gartner predicts that up to 30 percent of users will be managing their WAN through software within three years. And IDC (News - Alert) estimates that worldwide SD-WAN revenues will exceed $6 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 90 percent between 2015 and 2020.

“2017 is going to be a really big year for this space,” comments Nick Lippis, co-chairman and co-founder of the Open Networking User Group, which helped define SD-WAN and is playing a key role in moving this network architecture forward.

Definitions of SD-WAN vary. But Lippis of ONUG says it’s an overlay of the wide area network that separates the physical infrastructure from how packets are routed. That enables SD-WAN to provide users with total control of connectivity between their locations, he adds, so they can match that connectivity to their specific applications at any time.

Edited by Maurice Nagle