Verizon has launched a new SD-WAN service based on technology from Versa Networks. The service – Software Defined Secure Branch solution – is designed for small and medium-sized businesses that are spread over multiple locations, state and local government and educational institutions.

Verizon has also busted a common SD-WAN myth, commenting that its SD-WAN has increased sales of its MPLS offering. It says its enterprise customers maintain MPLS for applications that require security, stability and low latency. The company says it is seeing a lot of customers using MPLS plus LTE.

Verizon is using Cisco’s IWAN and Viptela offerings for SD-WAN deployments with large enterprise customers, and Versa for SMEs and retailers. The company does not rule out partnering even wider if vendors have technology its customers require, or a specialism in a particular niche.



Posted by Teresa Cottam

Teresa is the Chief Analyst at Omnisperience and has over 25 years' experience in the telecoms and technology markets. She is an expert on SME and enterprise telecoms, and has considerable vertical market expertise. Her research focus lies in helping B2B telecoms firms become more commercially successful by better understanding and meeting their customers' needs. She is a judge of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GloMo's) for customer experience and enterprise innovation, and for the UK Cloud awards. You can follow her on Twitter @teresacottam

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