AT&T Goes Global with SD-WAN
AT&T, one of the leading companies furthering software-defined networking (SDN) and other new-age networking technologies, said its SD-WAN offering is becoming available in more than 150 countries around the world.
The company previously provided its SD-WAN technology -- one of the growing initiatives in the SDN space -- in the U.S. only.
By bringing SDN closer to the customer edge, the company said, organizations can leverage more scalable, flexible networks in a mix-and-match approach for connectivity according to site-specific needs.
"For example, a large global company with thousands of locations is looking for a more cost-effective way to connect its employees to the internet," the company said in a statement. "By creating a hybrid network, they can migrate half of their locations to AT&T SD-WAN – Network Based and dual broadband, while keeping the other locations on VPN. The company can maintain a single network from AT&T without having to forklift their entire infrastructure and move it to SD-WAN all at once."
The company noted that earlier this year it was named a "leader" in an IDC research report (IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Service Providers 2018 Vendor Assessment).
"AT&T has one of the most comprehensive enterprise portfolios. In fact, they have one of the only portfolios that truly spans edge-to-edge," AT&T quoted Courtney Munroe, group vice president of Worldwide Telecommunications Research, IDC, as saying. "With AT&T SD-WAN – Network Based, AT&T has launched an industry leading offer that it's implementing and scaling globally. AT&T is taking full advantage of its network virtualization efforts to broaden SD-WAN's appeal to more businesses."
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.