Platform to be available through channel
Networking equipment and software provider Adtran is looking to give SMBs and highly distributed enterprises easier access to cloud-based software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technologies.
The Lowdown: Adtran, based in Hunsville, Alabama, this week announced its SD-WAN platform that’s available to customers though its service provider channel, MSPs, and systems integrators.
The Details: SD-WAN, which offers connectivity beyond MPLS, including broadband Internet, 4G, and LTE, is the fastest-growing segment of the larger software-defined networking (SDN) space. It offers much-needed flexibility in an increasingly cloud-centric world, improves security, and reduces networking costs. However, most of the offerings on the market are aimed at larger enterprises.
Adtran’s SD-WAN platform offers both outbound and inbound quality-of-service (QoS), complete visibility into the network – it measures each connection on the path from a location on the network to Adtran’s gateways at another location – seamless connectivity, and improved control of cloud applications and voice services. The technology can adapt to the performance needs of applications and ensure the best route for them. SMBs can use the vendor’s solution while keeping existing voice and security solutions, making the move to SD-WAN faster and more affordable.
Security is a key part of the solution. The platform includes active-active WAN links, inbound QoS, single IP failover, and a gateway for controlling cloud-based contents. There are multiple gateways across the United States, with a redundant backbone between gateways and customer connections to two gateways each for failover protection.
The Impact: Smaller businesses, which have networking needs similar to their larger counterparts, now have an option for SD-WAN that can be delivered and managed by their partners. For their part, channel players have another source of recurring revenue as they continue to shift to more subscription-based business models. Service providers also can move the cloud software to their own data centers.
Background: SD-WAN addresses a part of the networking space – branch and remote connectivity – that had long been ignored but has become increasingly important at a time when traffic is no longer between a remote site and a central data center. Now, with the cloud, edge, and growing mobility, applications and data can be accessed from anywhere. IDC is forecasting that the SD-WAN infrastructure market will grow at almost 31% a year, reaching $5.25 billion in 2023.
The Buzz: “Adtran’s software expertise and long history partnering with service providers to serve SMBs and distributed enterprises enables us to take networking and connectivity far beyond the limitations of legacy hardware-based solutions,” said Chris Thompson, Adtran’s director of software products and solutions. “By enabling businesses to realize the benefits of cloud networking while maintaining their existing voice and security services, we’re empowering service providers to quickly expand and grow their SD-WAN footprint. Businesses can now make the move to a cloud-based service offering with less cost, risk, and disruption.”
“The benefits of SD-WAN are now available to more than just the large enterprise. With this move toward mainstream within the distributed enterprise and the SMB market, service providers now have lower costs and quicker installations and will lessen the real business impacts of the migration to SD-WAN,” said Rajesh Ghai, carrier network infrastructure research director at IDC. “This market presents a compelling business opportunity for service providers that hasn’t been fully addressed yet but needs to be as more companies look for SD-WAN solutions to move their companies forward.”