07 June 2018
| James Pearce
BT has partnered with Cisco to launch a new global software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) managed service, boosting its enterprise portfolio.
BT Connect Cisco SD-WAN aims to help enterprises optimise
traffic across their WAN by improving visibility of data flows,
BT said. It uses Cisco technology to help customers reduce rish
when migrating applications and data to the cloud.
BT is offering it as a global managed service which includes
a full Cisco technology roadmap aimed at designing, delivering
and evolving an SD-WAN.
Keith Langridge, vice president of network services at BT,
said: "Over 90 per cent of BT’s global WAN
customers use Cisco technology and the vast majority ask us to
manage it. Today’s announcement gives them a
choice of physical or virtualised Cisco SD-WAN portfolio
delivered as managed services backed by our excellent security
"We have a wealth of know-how and experience in designing
hybrid networks and a global infrastructure engineered for
SD-WAN and NFV service delivery. Organisations looking at
taking their first step to SD-WAN can be reassured that in BT,
they have an established, trusted Cisco partner able to give
professional services advice to plan, build and evolve secure
and reliable hybrid networks globally."
The addition of Cisco’s platform is the latest
development in a long-running partnership with BT. BT recently
added several new Cisco-based solutions to its portfolio,
including a customer premises equipment virtualisaton solution;
and a network authomation and orchestration software
BT said it will invest in a programme of features for the
managed service, with early deployment options including Cisco
SD-WAN as a virtual network function (VNF) within the Connect
Services Platform. It will also offer an integrated Cisco
solution where SD-WAN capability is built into the router
Scott Harrell, senior vice president and general manager,
Enterprise Networking Business, Cisco, said: "BT is offering
the complete portfolio of Cisco SD-WAN-based solutions as
managed services — and doing so on a truly global
scale. Cisco SD-WAN, built on Viptela technology, is a great
example of how intent-based networking is fundamentally
changing the blueprint for networking."