Windstream Enterprise has sold its SD-WAN products to more than 1,000 mid-sized and enterprise customers, the company revealed yesterday. Windstream SD-WAN installations cumulatively serve tens of thousands of sites in banking, healthcare, retail, hospitality and other vertical markets.
The platform was introduced just over a year ago. Windstream attributes the fast adoption rate to the acceptance of cloud-centric networking strategies.
“Doubling the number of subscribers so soon after reaching our December milestone tells us customers are recognizing the strong core competency we have developed in next-generation WAN technology,” Layne Levine, president of Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale, said in a press release. “SD-WAN’s reliability, agility and scalability can be a cost-effective and essential solution to their digital transformation.”
Windstream last week introduced SD-WAN Cloud Connect, which enables enterprises to connect network locations to their cloud-based applications. The goal is to provide agile, affordable, visible and readily controlled access in a secure, private and dedicated access to third-party clouds. The SD-WAN Cloud Connect service is being offered in partnership with VeloCloud, which now is part of VMware.
Windstream Enterprise has made a significant commitment to SD-WAN. In June, CEO Tony Thomas claimed that Windstream is the leading service provider in the technology.
Thomas said that Windstream’s goal is to increases its average enterprise margin from 20% last year to 24% in 2018. The focus on SD-WAN, unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) and on-net connectivity are key strategies to help in meeting that goal.