AireSpring Appoints Aryaka Alum as SD-WAN Leader

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Managed connectivity provider AireSpring has made its selection to lead its software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) expansion.

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AireSpring’s Dave Pierce

Dave Pierce now serves as director of global SD-WAN for the Los Angeles-based company. He will support engineering as well as go-to-market efforts for AireSpring’s global SD-WAN initiative. CEO Avi Lonstein praised Pierce for his experience.

“We are excited to welcome Dave to the growing AireSpring team,” Lonstein said. “His leadership and results-oriented focus, together with deep IT knowledge and understanding of global markets will be a great asset to the AireSpring mission and our ongoing development of a more extensive SD-WAN product line.”

AireSpring's Avi Lonstein

AireSpring’s Avi Lonstein

Pierce will apply his experiences in SD-WAN, WAN optimization and content delivery networks to helping enhance the product line. He will also play an important role with the AireSpring partner community, engaging with new and old VARs, MSPs and service providers. The channel management team and he will determine which customer opportunities fit well with SD-WAN.

Pierce has a long history with the channel. He worked with master agents, VARs and systems integrators at XO Communications and served as Aryaka Networks’ partner sales director. He sold services in both direct and indirect capacities at numerous companies, including Earthlink, Kaltura and Limelight Networks.

He most recently worked as senior director for the reseller Vmanix.

Airespring partners with VMware’s VeloCloud Networks for SD-WAN. Customers have a range of connectivity options that includes fiber, broadband, LTE and AireSpring’s MPLS Mesh network.

Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lonstein said last year that the company would invest in personnel. He said SD-WAN is a burgeoning area of AireSpring’s portfolio.

“Our SD-WAN offering has seen immediate uptake and we are currently working on numerous opportunities in the 500-1,500 site range,” Lonstein told Edward Gately. “As a specialist in multilocation enterprises, we continue to see that this is the sweet spot for AireSpring and our partners.”

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