SD-WAN Roundup: SimpleWAN Surprised VMware, Not Cisco, Bought VeloCloud


… be taking a hit in the hybrid cloud race with the emergence of a direct competitor in VMware.

“What is clear about this acquisition is that the transition to a cloud-focused business model is still going strong, in light of other acquisitions such as Mitel-ShoreTel and Cisco-BroadSoft,” Casey O’Loughlin wrote for Star2Star. “The changes in the market are hitting fast and strong now in [the fourth quarter] as businesses are gearing up for 2018.”


Versa Networks has embedded voice and video codec support into its cloud IP platform. The move extends the company’s software-defined branch features to allow real-time assessment of user experience with voice and video. Versa says it can now assess and report the quality of voice and video sessions using a mean opinion score (MOS).

“The problem with most SD-WAN solutions is that they can only identify voice or video packets and abide by a policy defined by loss, latency, jitter and delay requirements as well as by circuit priority to move traffic in an optimal fashion,” the company wrote on Tuesday.

The company partnered with the Japan-based KDDI Corporation to bring a new “software-defined network” platform to 37 countries, including Japan, Australia, India, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Versa chief marketing officer Mark Weiner told Channel Partners that the KDDI partnership helps build managed services for SD-WAN and software-defined security.

“KDDI has deployed Versa’s cloud IP platform to enable digital and cloud transformation for its business customers leveraging a cloud-native network and security architecture,” Weiner said.

The deal with KDDI follows Versa’s partnership with China Global Telecom, another service provider launching a global SD-WAN offering.

Quick Hits
  • Windstream said in its third quarter report that SD-WAN accounted for 19 percent of its enterprise sales in the last quarter. Read Edward Gately’s write-up on Windstream’s progress.
  • Verizon Partner Solutions made an SD-WAN solution available to wholesale customers last week. The company launched an SD-WAN-for-government offering at the beginning of this month. Check out Craig Galbraith’s story on the latter.
  • Spectrum Enterprise on Tuesday said it will demonstrate its hybrid SD-WAN offering at the Metro Ethernet Forum and is beginning to start customer trials with the technology. The company’s goal is to “stitch together native Ethernet WANs and Internet-based SD-WAN connections” to give customers flexibility to modify or move away from legacy network services. Read Spectrum’s announcement.

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