Sprint Starts Delivery of SD-WAN

May 17, 2017

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

There is no question that SD-WAN is set to surge; just look at the growing list of participants in the space. Innovation in areas like the cloud, IoT and the network in general is driving change in how industry supports operations, resulting in a groundswell of SD-WAN hype. But here is where fiction meets reality, as a software-defined revolution is at hand and SD-WAN is front and center in the movement.

A space once comprised of startups, with a couple major players sprinkled in for good measure, is seeing service offerings spread to cable operators like Comcast, and in today’s instance a carrier like Sprint (News - Alert). The communications services provider announced its partnership with VeloCloud as well as intentions to offer SD-WAN services back in October. Today, this became a reality, as Sprint officially unveiled its SD-WAN offering to the public.

“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.”

Customer trials started in Q4 2016, with positive results thus far. Sprint is promising improved applications performance, rapid provisioning, branch office support, troubleshooting as well as streamlined network oversight and increased uptime. The Sprint SD-WAN can also make use of a Hybrid approach to accommodate growing bandwidth demands in today’s enterprise.

Deployment is quick and easy, and Sprint promises an integrated and seamless end-to-end experience regardless of transport vendors. Also, the choice is yours as far as the level of support from Sprint you require, up to a fully managed solution. The company also notes that its new SD-WAN service integrates quite smoothly with its suite of converged services. Namely, UCaaS, Wi-Fi, SIP Trunking and more.

“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.”

In technology, there is always the “latest and greatest.” At the end of the day, software defined solutions are the star of the show, and should remain so well into the future. Especially in the network.

Is your WAN software-defined yet?

If you’d like to learn more about SD-WAN, be sure to check out TMC (News - Alert) and Crossfire Media’s newest conference and expo, Communications 20/20, happening July 18-20 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event will focus on the next wave of technology and innovations that will transcend the importance of person to person contact, disrupting the future of the entire communications industry. Find out more HERE.

Edited by Alicia Young

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