CenturyLink Expands SD-WAN Solutions, Adds Managed Cisco SD-WAN in US

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is expanding its portfolio of SD-WAN solutions. The company now offers customers across the United States Managed Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela.

This new offer by CenturyLink would provide the tools, technology and expertise required to design, deploy, configure, migrate and manage SD-WAN services. CenturyLink will support its offer across Cisco’s Viptela vEdge series routers and enterprise network computer system (ENCS) 5000 series virtualized network platform, with multiple feature packages available. Users will also get access to a dedicated CenturyLink Managed Cisco SD-WAN portal.

CenturyLink Managed Cisco SD-WAN would leverage the benefits of private networking such as MPLS as well as public networking to include dedicated Internet access, broadband and wireless connectivity. CenturyLink’s global network would allow customers to easily connect to more than 2,200 owned and third-party data centers as well as more than 100,000 on-net buildings.

“This new offer provides more choices for companies to achieve improved network optimization and deliver better performance for their customers,” said Adam Saenger, vice president of networking solutions, CenturyLink. “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 Hardware

According to a recent market report published by Gartner, Cisco owns approximately 60 percent of the traditional enterprise router market, worldwide. Managed Cisco SD-WAN would be ideal for organizations who are familiar with or prefer Cisco hardware because the offer makes it easier for them to integrate with their existing network infrastructure.

“As more enterprise applications move to the cloud, it becomes harder for IT to optimize application performance while ensuring that the network stays secure,” said Ramesh Prabagaran, senior director of product management, Cisco. “CenturyLink’s new Managed Cisco SD-WAN offering removes that burden from IT, giving customers the confidence to tackle this new cloud-first world. We are excited to grow our relationship with CenturyLink, and are excited to offer their customers a simple, cost-effective SD-WAN solution.”

CenturyLink offers a broad range of connectivity options to meet customers’ performance and efficiency needs, including MPLS, dedicated Internet, broadband aggregation, 4G/LTE and/or Bring Your Own Network (BYON).