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Gartner: VMware Leads in WAN Edge Infrastructure

October 29, 2018

VMware has been recognized, as a Leader in the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. The report, profiling 20 vendors, recognized VMware as a Leader in both ability to execute and completeness of vision, and VMware’s position was placed furthest for completeness of vision.

“VeloCloud, now part of VMware, began with the idea of transforming branch networking. With VMware NSX SD-WAN, customers are finally able to rethink their WAN, adopting a software-defined approach that supports better connectivity, lower costs, increased efficiency, and the ability to execute technology initiatives that the networks of yesterday were unable to sustain,” said Sanjay Uppal, vice president and general manager, VeloCloud Business Unit, VMware. “We believe this recognition validates VMware’s vision of the Virtual Cloud Network for delivering pervasive connectivity and intrinsic security to applications, data and users wherever they are located, and further solidifies VMware as a leader in driving the evolution towards software-based networking.”

VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud enables simple, agile and more secure branch connectivity. NSX SD-WAN combines the economics and flexibility of a real-time network overlay with the deployment speed, scale and automation of cloud-delivered services. With NSX SD-WAN, organizations of all sizes and in any industry can support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch implementations, and optimize access to cloud data centers and SaaS applications. NSX SD-WAN is available as a service or as an on-premises software solution directly from VMware or from a network of service providers worldwide.

NSX SD-WAN is a powerful branch and edge connectivity platform that helps enterprises connect any location across a heterogeneous, complex network with zero-touch deployment. The NSX SD-WAN platform enables partners to use the extensible NSX SD-WAN Technology Partner SD-WAN API (orchestration, control & data) and SDK, along with the NSX SD-WAN VNF framework, to seamlessly integrate best-in-class services and solutions for security, advanced analytics and even AI capabilities. NSX SD-WAN supports direct integration with AWS, Check Point, Forcepoint, Fortinet, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Security, Microsoft Azure and Office365, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, Zscaler, and more. Additionally, as massive amounts of compute power is deployed in factories and farms, homes and automobiles, oil rigs and cruise ships, these disparate islands of data at the edge must be connected. NSX SD-WAN delivers this connectivity in a simple and powerful way while enabling the branch and edge to operate in a more cloud and “as a service” way.

About the Virtual Cloud Network

The Virtual Cloud Network is VMware’s vision for empowering customers to create a digital business fabric for connecting and protecting applications, data, and users across the entire network in a hyper-distributed world, With a Virtual Cloud Network, customers can create an end-to-end software-based network architecture that delivers services to applications and data at global scale from edge to edge, with consistent, pervasive connectivity and intrinsic security for apps and data independent of underlying physical infrastructure or location. NSX SD-WAN provides a common operating environment that extends the Virtual Cloud Network across branch, cloud and telco environments. With the VMware NSX portfolio, customers can deliver consistent networking and security across private data centers, AWS, Azure, and IBM Cloud, and with advanced support for traditional and modern application frameworks.

Customer and Partner Commentary

“At Hall and Prior, we’re leading the way in delivering high-quality aged care across Australia,” said Dan Beeston, IT Manager for Hall & Prior Aged Care. “Our ability to connect and protect our key applications and a range of users across our environment is critical to our success. Macquarie Telecom SD-WAN powered by VMware has delivered a network that’s fast and reliable. This enables us to connect carers and residents seamlessly throughout the day and keep business operations running smoothly and uninterrupted, while better securing sensitive information.”

“Businesses today rely on the cloud to power critical applications and communications tools, and an increasing number of organizations rely on public broadband to do so,” said Sanjay Srinivasan, chief architect at Vonage. “In partnership with VeloCloud, now part of VMware, Vonage pioneered the application of SD-WAN as an important element of optimizing user experience and business value when adopting unified communications as a service (UCaaS). We’re able to offer our Vonage SmartWAN service, powered by NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud, integrated with our core service, allowing us to deliver MPLS like QoS, uptime and SLAs over public broadband, including LTE. This is a testament to the power of the NSX SD-WAN solution.”

“Coevolve has deployed next-generation networks based on VeloCloud, now part of VMware, for our clients’ sites across 55 countries worldwide,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Coevolve. “The underlying foundation for these networks is cloud-delivered SD-WAN and a software-based Virtual Cloud Network architecture that provides agile networks for global applications. VMware is empowering our customers with a rich and proven portfolio of virtual cloud networking solutions, and we believe VMware is well positioned as a next-generation leader in networking.”

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