What is SD-WAN in 3 Minutes

 

SD-WAN Vendors

SD-WAN vendors generally fall into one of two categories.

The first is large network equipment vendors that have long designed and provided network equipment. Many WAN service companies that offer a number of enterprise solutions—such as WAN optimization and WAN acceleration—have also come out with SD-WAN solutions. Further, SD-WAN startups also make up a large portion of the market. Most SD-WAN vendors will sell directly to enterprises, but several indicated they sell exclusively through their channel partners or to carriers, who then provide a managed SD-WAN service to enterprise customers.

Managed Network Providers

A number of traditional network service providers have also entered the SD-WAN marketplace, offering service through partnerships with SD-WAN vendors rather than via their own proprietary hardware. This type of service is appealing to enterprise customers who may already be familiar with a carrier’s brand, employ them for other connectivity services, or who are looking for a truly managed end-to-end solution.

The core benefits associated with SD-WAN technology are consistent across provider offerings: reduced network cost, decreased network complexity, ease of upgrades or policy changes, and increased flexibility and network performance.

Aside from absolute price, which can be a significant determinant in vendor selection, features like deployment model, scalability, and service package can help corporate networks teams decide which SD-WAN provider best meets their network requirements.


SD-WAN Vendors

Adaptiv Networks (TELoIP)
Aerohive Networks
Bigleaf Networks
Barracuda Networks
Cato Networks
Cisco
Citrix
CloudGenix
Cradlepoint
Cybera
Ecessa
Elfiq (Martello Technologies)
FatPipe
GlueNetworks
Huawei
Hughes Network Systems
InfoVista
Juniper Networks
Lavelle Networks
Mushroom Networks
Nuage Networks
Riverbed
Silver Peak
Sonus
Talari Networks (Oracle)
Teldat
VMWare (VeloCloud)
Versa Networks
Zero Outages
Zenlayer


Managed Network Providers

Aryaka Networks
ASCO TLC
AT&T
BCM One
BCN Telecom
BT Global Services
BullsEye Telecom
CenturyLink
China Mobile
China Telecom Global
CMC Networks
Colt
Comcast Business
Consolidated Communications
Epsilon
Exponential-e
Frontier Communications
GeoLinks
Globe Telecom
GTT
Hutchison Global Communications
Internet Solutions
Kalaam Telecom
KDDI
Level 3
Macquarie Telecom
Masergy
MegaPath
MetTel
NetFortris
NetOne Systems
NTT Communications
Optus Business
Orange Business Services
PCCW Global
PLDT
Sify
Singtel
SK Broadband
Softbank
Telia Carrier
Spectrotel
Sprint
Tata Communications
Telefonica
TelePacific
Telstra
Telus
T-Systems
Vector Security Networks
Verizon
Viettel
Virgin Media
Vodafone
Vonage
Windstream
Zayo

(Last updated: April 2019)