Windstream today built on its previous moves into the SD-WAN sector with four new services. Windstream SD-WAN enhancements include proactive monitoring, an integrated management tool and more.
This is the latest step in Windstream’s SD-WAN buildout. The first big move was the acquisition of EarthLink and its SD-WAN infrastructure in a $1.1 billion deal that closed on February 24. At that point, EarthLink had an SD-WAN offering and Windstream was developing its own product. Luckily for the combined company, both had independently chosen VeloCloud Networks as their equipment supplier.
Windstream SD-WAN Enhancements
With the deal behind them, the combined company is moving forward on SD-WAN. “Following our merger with EarthLink, we are enhancing our SD-WAN solution as we work to integrate our offerings,” said Joseph Harding, Executive Vice President and Enterprise Chief Marketing Officer for Windstream, said in a press release. “The result is a powerful new solution that gives customers even greater network agility, scalability, and performance, all while also reducing costs and virtually eliminating downtime.”
The new offering has been upgraded in four ways, according to Windstream.
- The Concierge Service provides proactive monitoring and optimization by Windstream specialists.
- The Integrated SD-WAN Management Tool is a portal designed to provide easily used centralized visibility into the organization’s SD-WAN. It facilitates deployments to new locations and changes in services and security policies.
- The Business Aware Cloud Network is a real-time service that enables traffic steering based on network conditions. This service level is aimed at increasing flexibility, agility and reliability. It focuses on awareness that provide what is needed for specific applications to function with adequate latency. It connects to cloud services and to Windstream’s own offerings, which include unified communications as a service (UCaaS), multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and security services.
- Industry-tailored Cloud-based Solutions is a suite of services to support connectivity to UCaaS, Cloud Connect, Secure WiFi and the PCI suite. The offerings are customized for vertical industries such as retail, healthcare and banking and are supplemented by Windstream’s consulting and professional services.
Enhanced Windstream SD-WAN service is available now to businesses nationwide.