Nuage to Power Telefonica SD-WAN Services

May 10, 2017

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Nuage Networks will be providing its technology to power Telefonica (News - Alert) Group’s SD-WAN services, the companies announced today. The specific Nuage technology in play in this scenario is the supplier’s Virtualized Network Services.

Telefonica Group plans to roll out the SD-WAN service to business customers in Spain starting in the second half of this year. After that, it expects to bring SD-WAN services to other areas of the world through Telefonica Business Services (International) and its other subsidiaries.

"The IT, communications, and service demands of today's enterprises are much higher than just a few years ago,” said Sunil Khandekar, founder and CEO of Nuage Networks from Nokia (News - Alert). “Companies require new cloud technologies to support them while simplifying traditional service models.

“We worked closely with Telefonica to ensure the Nuage Networks' VNS solution addresses their new SD-WAN service requirements around the globe,” Khandekar added. “Enterprise customers who need more flexibility and agility to adapt to rapidly changing business needs can get it through a trusted provider like Telefonica."

More and more tier 1 service providers as well as newcomers are rolling out SD-WAN services as enterprises look for more affordable ways to connect and reach their applications in the cloud. SD-WAN, an overlay technology, is considered a more cost-efficient option than MPLS. Plus, SD-WAN enables business customers to avoid carrier lock in because it allows them to use any combination of underlying access connectivity and carriers.

SD-WAN also offers the added benefit of allowing companies to make better use of their connectivity because rather than working in a primary-secondary configuration, any connection can be used at any time. Say, for example, a business is running Skype (News - Alert) for Business and has branch locations and a couple different networks – an MPLS network and also some direct internet connections, and it wants to use all those network resources. The IT staff can write rules specifying what performance levels they want to achieve for Skype for Business and their other applications, and SD-WAN can make that happen. That way if Network A already has a large number of Skype for Business users on it, the system might decide to direct new calls to Network B, for example.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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