VMware Extends SD-WAN Leadership
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VMware unveiled its next-generation SD-WAN solution, including a new SD-WAN Client, to help enterprises more securely, reliably, and optimally deliver applications, data, and services—no matter where they reside—to the site, branch, and home, across any network to any device.
“We’ve evolved VMware SD-WAN to meet enterprises’ requirements in support of distributed data, users, and applications,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president, and general manager of Service Provider and Edge, VMware. “Enterprises today need more secure, reliable, and optimal delivery of applications, data, and services regardless of where the application or the user or the device lives. The new VMware SD-WAN Client will enable enterprises to provide consistent security and ubiquitous and reliable connectivity to users and devices everywhere.”
Enterprises adopting these cloud, workforce, and application transformation initiatives require a move from a centralized to distributed IT model. If relying exclusively on traditional approaches to networking, security, and operations, enterprises will face challenges ranging from inefficient cloud/SaaS access, poor application quality, and compromised security to outdated remote access VPN connectivity and operational complexities and expenses.
An evolution of SD-WAN is required to successfully support enterprises’ transformation initiatives. Cloud-native by design, VMware SD-WAN, and VMware SASE enable enterprises to bring edge compute and networking together for application transformation while delivering consistent security and ubiquitous, reliable, and optimal connectivity for the branch and distributed workforce. The platform features a single management interface that leverages artificial intelligence to simplify operations.
“We are excited about this announcement - the VMware SD-WAN Client will give us a direct ‘vendor to work at home environment’ that lets us experience all of the benefits of SD-WAN without requiring any middle hardware. This will give us a more secure, single pane of glass experience for both security and network performance,” said Keith Bradley, Vice President of Information Technology at Nature Fresh Farms.
“Coevolve is excited to see this announcement and the capabilities it will bring to our global clients. As a telco-independent solution provider, we have deployed the VMware SD-WAN solution in more than 80 countries and the software client addresses many new use cases,” said Ciaran Roche, CTO at Coevolve. “Our clients frequently have complex environments that require access to 3rd party partner environments and this client will facilitate seamless connectivity into their global networks.”
“For maximum performance, Cloud and SaaS applications require efficient, optimized access, and infrastructure that’s specifically designed to support them. Traditional remote access to corporate networks via VPN often delivers less-than-optimal application performance,” said Darren Wolner, senior director of SASE product management for Lumen Technologies. “As longtime partners of VMware, we are excited to see the continued innovation with VMware’s SD-WAN Client solution. Providing a more secure solution that’s seamless and easy to implement will be a great complement to the access and managed SASE solutions we offer our customers.”