centurylinkCenturyLink SD-WAN service, which makes networking more flexible and reduces costs, is now available in more than 30 countries.

The offer includes hardware, software, controller infrastructure, and central administration via a customer portal. Options include next-generation security, CPE upgrades and on-site installation and professional services.

“With our expansion of SD-WAN globally, we provide customers a complete hybrid networking solution which helps them adapt and accelerate enterprise cloud enablement,” Adam Saenger, CenturyLink’s Vice President of Networking Solutions, said in a press release. “We deliver secure, scalable and cost-efficient private-public networking across a full range of connectivity types, enabling enterprises to be more agile and decrease risk.”

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Features of the CenturyLink SD-WAN offering:

  • CenturyLink’s network allows customers to connect to more than 2,200 owned and third-party data centers as well as more than 100,000 on-net buildings.
  • The company is the recipient of MEF’s 2017 Best Managed SD-WAN Service Worldwide designation.
  • CenturyLink offers a broad range of connectivity options to meet customers’ performance and efficiency needs, including MPLS, dedicated Internet, broadband aggregation, 4G/LTE and/or Bring Your Own Network (BYON).
  • CenturyLink offers managed and co-managed options with the tools, technology and expertise needed to design, deploy, configure, migrate and manage services globally.

SD-WANs are gaining in popularity because they offer more flexibility than previous network architectures. It’s a win-win, proponents say, because SD-WAN does this while lowering costs. It achieves both these goals by replacing expensive MPLS connectivity with broadband in many instances. The use of broadband enables branch offices, the cloud and mobile users to interact in a much more fluid manner. The key is the elimination of a central location through which a large portion of traffic previously had to flow.

CenturyLink doesn’t want to be left behind. In July, 2017, the company introduced a hybrid SD-WAN service priced on a monthly basis.

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