25 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
RingCentral, a global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration provider, has launched a new software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) certified partners program.
Vendor partners of the program
include the likes of; VMware, CloudGenix, Riverbed,
Cradlepoint, Windstream Enterprise and GTT Communications.
"RingCentral is committed to enabling businesses to take
advantage of the full power of cloud solutions—and our
SD-WAN partnerships reflect this strategy," said Curtis
Peterson, senior vice president of cloud operations at
RingCentral. "We want to ensure that our customers have a range
of industry-leading choices when deciding on their network
options when they deploy RingCentral solutions. This
flexibility enables customers to choose the right products for
all their network needs. By building integrations with leading
SD-WAN providers, our new program makes it radically simple for
customers to build the network of the future, without a lot of
cost or headache."
Through the program RingCentral certifies partner SD-Wan
products that are enhanced to work cohesively with
RingCentral’s cloud communications and
collaboration solutions. As a result, global enterprises have a
number of certified SD-WAN choices to deploy alongside
The company says that the rapid adoption of cloud-first
solutions across the enterprise, means that businesses are
increasingly shifting their business applications away from
their data centres to the public cloud. As a result, making
legacy networking architecture unnecessary. This is increasing
the significance of SD-WAN technology and its role in enabling
faster and more cost-effective enterprise deployments. It goes
on to say that SD-WAN is an ideal companion to unified
communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) solutions to deliver
optimal quality of service to end users by reducing jitter,
packet loss and latency.
"SD-WAN and UCaaS are natural partners," said John Burke,
principal research analyst and CIO at Nemertes Research.
"SD-WAN reduces branch network outages by 95%, and slashes WAN
management overhead by 50%, according to our recent report.
Together, SD-WAN and UCaaS combine to fully enable an
internet-only, cloud-first agile branching strategy: They
deliver robust, resilient enterprise cloud communications
services anywhere, with minimal overhead and lead time."
Certified partners of RingCentral are reconfigured for
out-of-the-box usage, enabling business IT departments to
support accelerated location expansion and network growth of
their companies. Organisations can go live with new locations
in a matter of days instead of months.
Speaking on the program, RingCentral partners had this to
"Unified communications is a critical and important use case
for VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud. NSX SD-WAN provides a
complete cloud-delivered WAN solution for customers to take
advantage of unified communications services over any WAN
network with performance, visibility and remote monitoring,"
said Steve Woo, senior director of product, VeloCloud Business
Unit at VMware
"Collaboration is fundamental to productivity, and as such,
is considered a service that must work and must work well. By
taking advantage of both the CloudGenix and RingCentral
platforms concurrently, customers are able to provide the best
possible experience for collaboration, integrate direct
internet in the branch with security for better cost metrics
and performance, confidently integrate cloud and SaaS
applications, and improve WAN manageability and availability,"
said Joel Christner, senior director of marketing at
"While cloud adoption has become mission-critical,
enterprises are struggling to reach the full potential of the
cloud due to limitations of legacy networks. As a result,
businesses are transitioning to a new software-defined approach
to networking in order to become more agile, maximize digital
performance and ultimately, reach their cloud and digital goals
faster. Riverbed SteelConnect is an innovative SD-WAN solution
that provides unified connectivity and policy-based
orchestration spanning the entire distributed network fabric.
Interoperability between Riverbed SteelConnect and RingCentral
will enable better performance for unified cloud communications
at a lower cost and improved agility, offering an attractive
value proposition for enterprise customers," said Paul
O’Farrell, senior vice president and general
manager of Riverbed’s Cloud Infrastructure
"Like other modern, cloud-enabled IT infrastructures, UCaaS
demands a non-stop WAN edge with direct Internet access at each
remote site, which SD-WAN plus 4G LTE uniquely delivers.
Cradlepoint is proud to partner with RingCentral. Together, we
make it easy for customers to integrate UCaaS solutions into
their SD-WAN deployments and benefit from the extended reach
and reliability of 4G LTE today with a pathway to 5G in the
future," said Todd Krautkremer, chief marketing officer at
"Windstream’s fully managed SD-WAN service is
designed to ensure optimal performance and real-time control of
all mission-critical cloud applications, including cloud
communications. We look forward to leveraging our extensive
experience in managing integrated SD-WAN and cloud
communication solutions, helping business customers improve
employee productivity, collaboration and the customer
experience," said Mike Frane, vice president of product
management at Windstream Enterprise.