Global Network as a Service (NaaS) provider Megaport has revealed that VMware SD-WAN is now available on its on-demand network function virtualization (NFV) service, Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE). On Megaport’s worldwide Software Defined Network (SDN), VMware SD-WANs will be compatible with MVE to provide branch-to-cloud connectivity.
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SD-WAN and Internet connections have been used by many enterprises as a method of streamlining their IT connectivity. Customers may deploy localized virtual SD-WAN controllers on Megaport’s global network platform, reducing the distance data traverses through Internet pathways from branch sites to key services in public or private clouds, as well as other branch locations, using VMware SD-WAN offered on MVE.
Once linked, VMware clients have access to Megaport’s global network of over 700 enabled data centers and 360 service providers, including 220+ cloud on-ramps from the world’s leading cloud providers including Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Salesforce.
Highlights of VMware SD-WAN on MVE would include:
- When compared to Internet rates, cloud egress prices to cloud on-ramps would be lower
- Globally distributed for localized connections
- Interconnection between branch sites, data centers, cloud providers, and IT services via point-and-click network provisioning
- Provisioning virtual network infrastructure and links in real time
- There’s no need to ship, install, or manage any gear
- Unified end-to-end network provisioning and management to transform legacy networks
- Increased security for multi-cloud connectivity to over 360 service providers, 700+ data centers, and 220 cloud interconnect points
“VMware SD-WAN in combination with Megaport Virtual Edge offers customers more choice for simplifying WAN operations, reliable network performance for business-critical applications, and easier adoption of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud,” said Craig Connors, vice president and general manager at VMware. “In addition, it reduces latency to cloud workloads.”
Transforming Networking at the Edge
MVE is both a computing and a network service that is deployed globally. Clients may use the computing component of the service to host NFV instances on demand in the places where they’re needed, and control them using a point-and-click interface. MVE’s built-in transit gateway provides a highly scalable access point for connecting networks to Megaport’s private SDN across the public Internet. The transit gateway may be used by virtualized devices hosted on MVE to establish connections between the Megaport SDN and their own networks, such as branch sites, data centers, and private clouds.
In North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Megaport Virtual Edge is offered in 24 metros. Clients may now install virtual devices closer to user concentrations to localize traffic and optimize data termination for performance.
“As enterprises and service providers rapidly adopt SD-WAN technology to improve edge network connectivity, the ability for Megaport customers to easily, and in minutes, ‘spin up’ VMware SD-WAN edge routers around the world on our platform is a big enabler for global organizations,” said Vincent English, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Megaport. “Having VMware SD-WAN in Megaport’s global Software Defined Network allows our customers to optimize their SD-WAN connectivity to improve overall network and application performance at a fraction of the cost of legacy methods.”