A new CenturyLink SD-WAN offering is underpinned by an agreement with Cisco Viptela. The additional services focus on the Cisco Viptela vEdge series routers and enterprise network computer system 5000 series.
The new offerings will enable customers to design, deploy, configure, migrate and manage SD-WAN services. “This offer provides more choices for companies to achieve improved network optimization and deliver better performance for their customers,” said Adam Saenger, CenturyLink’s vice president of networking solutions, in a press release. “We reduce the risk and complexity of WAN modernization with a complete range of global hybrid connectivity and SD-WAN solutions that offer better service quality, faster deployment and improved security, scale and cost efficiency.”
Cisco and CenturyLink have a long history of collaboration. Some highlights:
- CenturyLink Managed Cisco SD-WAN leverages the benefits of private networking such as MPLS as well as public networking
- A CenturyLink SD-WAN solution using the Versa Networks platform was launched in 2016.
- CenturyLink’s network connects to more than 2,200 owned data centers and over 100,000 on-net buildings.
CenturyLink is a big believer in SD-WAN as the network technology and topology of the future. In July 2017, the company introduced a managed hybrid SD-WAN. The as-a-service offering is available for a fixed monthly price. Last month, CenturyLink said that its SD-WAN service is available in more than 30 countries. Enterprises in these countries have access to hardware, software, controller infrastructure and central administration via a customer portal. CenturyLink launched its SD-WAN offering in June 2016.