SD-WAN Roundup: CloudGenix, Windstream Add New Offerings as Security Vendors Thrive


… tailor solutions to customers’ specific needs, goals and preferences. Bringing to market more differentiated solutions allows partners to best serve their customers and further win their trust by designing the best possible solution, one customer at a time.”

Brady said Windstream offers both the Fortinet and VeloCloud SD-WAN solutions over-the-top and “fully extrapolated from the public or private underlay.” Windstream can also assist with managing the service.


Extreme Networks collected an SD-WAN solution by buy announcing the acquisition of Aerohive Networks. Lynn Haber reported Wednesday that Extreme is buying Aerohive for approximately $272 million.

Aerohive launched an SD-WAN solution in December 2017. The platform combined with the company’s SD-LAN solution to reach retail, health care and other multisite customers.

“That’s something that Extreme did not really have before today,” an IDC analyst told Haber.

However, SD-WAN pales in comparison to the overall cloud-managed networking portfolio Aerohive brings to the table for Extreme. Extreme is adding approximately 20,000 net new customers, according to its chief marketing development and products operations officer.

Security Surge

SDxCentral reports that branch offices are leading to increased Cisco security revenue.

Gee Rittenhouse, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s security group, attributed the 21% revenue increase to the evolution of branch offices. Branch locations now require more than firewalls and web proxies for security.

“They now have direct internet access with their branches. They have direct internet access with their branches. They have mobile users and things like cloud and SaaS,” Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse added that SMB customers are asking for SD-WAN solution with built-in security.

Another security vendor is profiting from SD-WAN.

Netsurion announced Tuesday that it has deployed more than 2,500 edge devices. MSPs operate more than half of those devices. Check out the video interview we did with Netsurion last year.

“By focusing on branch businesses, along with IoT and in-vehicle environments, the company has benefited from strong demand for and rapid adoption of SD-WAN solutions specifically designed for these network environments as organizations look to efficiently power secure and agile networks, reduce cost and complexity, and increase scalability and security,” the company wrote in its news release.

Netsurion credited its partner program for driving growth.

We’re reading more and more about how managed service providers are capitalizing on SD-WAN. Bigleaf Networks last week announced a new program that’s specifically tailored to the MSP demographic.

Quick Hits

  • A Heavy Reading WAN survey commissioned by Comcast Business has been drawing eyeballs on our website. The study homed in on how channel partners feel about WAN services. One key takeaway is that although partners expect their SD-WAN revenue to increase mightily this year, they’re also predicting relatively steady growth for MPLS and Ethernet services. Take a look.
  • We ran a Q&A with Teridion about why it isn’t an SD-WAN vendor and why SD-WAN vendors need to utilize its services.
  • We published our previous SD-WAN Roundup 10 days ago. Our main subjects were Riverbed‘s partnership with Versa and Fortinet’s branch solution.

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One comment

  1. Avatar Anant Singh July 4, 2019 @ 12:21 am

    Mr. Blaise Brady is absolutely spot-on when he says this is a winning proposition, because it sure is. Not only has SDN streamlined companies’ operations, but SD WLN has also ensured increase in security and robustness of systems. That is why it should come as no surprise that a report by Grand View Research forecasts accelerated growth for this market in the coming 5-6 years.

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