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AT&T SD-WAN Solution To Facilitate Hardware- To Software-Based Networks

AT&T Unveils SD-WAN Hybrid Networking Strategy

AT&T today announced its new SD-WAN hybrid networking solution to help businesses evolve more quickly and easily from hardware-based networks to software-based

 AT&T is collaborating with VeloCloud to deliver AT&T Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), a key step in helping many businesses evolve their networks from hardware to software.           

The AT&T SD-WAN portfolio will include a network-based solution that combines hybrid networking with multiple types of network access. The network-based solution will be available in 2017. VeloCloud is part of the AT&T Integrated Cloud ecosystem focused on the SD-WAN.

This is part of AT&T's strategy to incorporate software-centric technologies into our integrated solutions that deliver flexibility and agility for enterprises on a global basis. These capabilities are changing how our customers manage their networks, letting them mix and match based on application, performance and reliability needs. The first integrated offer was software-defined networking, second was network-function virtualization and third is hybrid SD-WAN.

"Businesses need to satisfy increasing bandwidth demands while reducing costs. That means network needs are evolving, too," said Rick Hubbard, senior vice president, AT&T Network Product Management. "This initiative is part of our software-centric strategy that gives our customers more flexibility and control of their networking services."

AT&T SD-WAN efficiently routes data traffic across a wide area network, choosing the access type for the best network performance. This split-second routing capability optimizes application performance based on the parameters selected by customers. The service also gives customers choices in how they manage bandwidth. 

AT&T SD-WAN will meet the varying needs of businesses large and small, across various industries and regions. The network-based solution will offer an integrated customer experience. In addition to VeloCloud, AT&T plans to collaborate with more SD-WAN technology companies as part of its evolving ecosystem to support customers' needs.

Source: AT&T release


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