Level 3 Communications now is offering SD-WAN to businesses as a new component to its overall hybrid networking strategy.
Level 3 SD-WAN provides customers with the ability to create secure private networks over a mix of public and private infrastructure, with site-to-site encryption — regardless of access or backbone method, the company said. It also grants centralized management and control to enterprises to steer traffic on an application-by-application basis or by access type, and it allows for the connection of disparate sites across a variety of backbone connections.
Anthony Christie, Level 3’s chief marketing officer, tells Channel Partners that customers are undergoing rapid digital transformation and they need “agile, efficient and high-performing network solutions like SD-WAN to keep pace.”
“Industry research reinforces what we’re hearing from our customers: that the market opportunity is growing for adaptive networking capabilities like those we’re announcing today,” he said. “As a global network services provider, Level 3 is uniquely positioned to support customers in transitioning to SD-WAN at their own pace. Not only can Level 3 help customers operate the service, but we can also help them migrate over to a network-based SD-WAN solution over time.”
Today, networking customers of all sizes are building more internet-based network offerings for themselves, Christie said.
“Level 3 SD-WAN opens up the opportunity for partners to expand their internet business by selling more bandwidth with increased revenue per unit,” he said.
The centralized policy management provided by SD-WAN offers increased governance and control of enterprises’ network operations, the service provider noted.
“If they take advantage of Level 3 internet services, customers also benefit from Level 3’s deep peering and performance,” Christie said. “Additionally, Level 3 offers a pathway to increased security controls and a sophisticated security environment that goes beyond IPsec and firewalling for a more unified security model, next-generation security and defense. Customers also have a single point of contact and a single bill for all of their aggregated broadband, whether it’s regional or global.”
CenturyLink is in the process of acquiring Level 3, with the $34 billion merger expected to close by Sept. 30. At last November’s Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom investor conference, Level 3 CFO Sunit Patel said SD-WAN would be an important tool for the combined company in growing its enterprise business.
Roopa Honnachari, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, says the addition of Level 3’s SD-WAN comes at an important time in the market “as SD-WAN emerges from the early adopter stage and traction builds around it with enterprises seeking to deploy dynamic WAN solutions for network agility and efficiency.”