Verizon Business is now offering VMware SD-WAN as part of its managed services.

As part of its Network as a Service (NaaS) strategy, Verizon Business has added VMware to its global managed-SD-WAN portfolio. Verizon made the announcement in Barcelona at the Mobile World Conference.

Verizon’s Managed SD-WAN is built for hybrid-cloud environments and uses application-aware routing to ensure that customer data gets to its destination in the most efficient way possible. Customers can use their private network for high-demand, low-latency apps while sending less critical data over public networks.

Through Verizon Enterprise Center, VMware SD-WAN provides orchestration around centralised policy, monitoring, reporting, and analytics. SD WAN gateways with controllers are also available. VMware Gateways are physical points of presence located around the world that provide low-latency connectivity to customer edge devices.

Verizon plans to use VMware SD-WAN Edge to define routing policies that will be sent to edge devices by orchestrators.

“In order to support the next generation of modern apps, enterprises must modernise their underlying network… Verizon is streamlining its enterprise customers’ transition to the edge by adding this solution to its SD-WAN portfolio, according to Craig Connors, vice president and general manager of VMware’s SASE business.

Since 2020, VMware has included SD-WAN as part of its Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) package. It announced partnerships with Versa and Zscaler last year. Verizon has SD-WAN agreements with Cisco and Fortinet, as well. Verizon isn’t the only legacy carrier pursuing SASE and SD-WAN solutions. Last summer, Comcast acquired Masergy, a leading SD-WAN provider, giving the company a significant boost in the market.

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