QOS Networks‘ SD-WAN journey has expanded into the public sector.
The Irvine, California-based managed network services provider recently inked a five-year contract with the State of California to serve as its SD-WAN deployment and managed solution provider. QOS will support the California Department of Technology as it deploys the VMware Velocloud SD-WAN solution for the California Government Enterprise Network (CGEN). VMware, which is one of QOS’ main partners, recommended that the MSP pursue the RFP.
It’s QOS Networks’ first government customer.
The contract didn’t come easily. California placed heavy emphasis on customer references and demanded a high level of specialization. CEO Frank Cittadino told Channel Partners that his company’s operational skills, automation capabilities and experience with the enterprise helped it win the deal.
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“Working with government is not like working with the enterprise. There’s a different sales motion there, and it really comes down to your depth of experience,” Cittadino said. “We are a dedicated SD-WAN company; that’s all we do. We have a team of 50 specialists around SD-WAN.”
QOS conducts 70-80% of its business through partnerships with VARs, agents and service providers. AT&T, VMware, Dell, Microsoft and large VARs are some of the more prominent partners that enlist the MSP’s help.
The referred clients already have agreed to buy and deploy an SD-WAN platform, but they need help with the details.
“When we get a deal, it’s generally, ‘We already know we want SD-WAN. Help us understand which one we should choose, and then help us implement and then further manage that,'” Cittadino said.
Businesses generally view SD-WAN adoption as more of a “which/when” question than an “if” question, he said. Multiple studies have indicated that the technology has hit the mainstream. A recent Masergy study indicated a 19-point adoption increase from 2017 to 2019.
QOS has come a long way. Cittadino and Brian Perrott founded the company as a Sandler Partners agent in 2012. They chose to invest heavily in SD-WAN in 2014, and the decision paid major dividends. The company’s revenue has grown 1,418% in the last three years, according to the Inc. 5000.
QOS has the “muscle” agents need to deliver SD-WAN to enterprise customers and also provides a software layer between the customer and the SD-WAN. The software layer helps customers utilize automation, monitoring and IT operations tools.
“Our whole goal is to give the customer significantly more data from the network than they could get with the typical appliance-based solution,” Cittadino said.
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