BT is rolling out the snappily named BT Connect Cisco SD-WAN managed service, which sits within BT’s Dynamic Network Service programme.

Cisco is providing a centrally-managed, cloud-hosted and software-defined overlay. In addition to this technology, which it acquired from Viptela in 2017, Cisco contributes a centre of excellence which supports customers to design, deliver, and evolve their SD-WAN. BT contributes orchestration, application performance management, routing, in-life management, reporting and analytics, as well as a choice of SD-WAN security.

According to Keith Langridge, BT’s vice president of network services, over 90% of BT’s global WAN customers use Cisco technology. “The vast majority ask us to manage it,” he says.

BT and Cisco also co-operate on BT Connect Edge, a customer premises equipment virtualisation solution, and BT Connect Services Platform, a network automation and orchestration software platform.

This latest addition to the portfolio joins BT Agile Connect – a collaboration between Nokia’s Nuage Networks, Cisco and BT – as well as Cisco IWAN and Cisco Meraki SD-WAN.

BT joins Orange in using Cisco-Viptela, with Orange announcing its partnership earlier this year.

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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