13 April 2018
| James Pearce
KDDI Europe has announced a strategic global partnership with vendor Silver Peak to launch a tiered, managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution.
The new SD-WAN solution relies on Silver Peak’s
Unity EdgeConnect platform and means KDDI Europe –the
EMEA subsidiary of Japanese operator KDDI Corporation
– can offer enterprise customers a flexible range of
tiered managed SD-WAN services.
The aim of the service is to help enterprises meet
escalating demand and address new WAN requirements across
multiple locations across the globe.
"Through our partnership with Silver Peak and the robust
features and capabilities of the EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution,
we are able to fully address the requirements of our global
customers and accelerate service revenues while quenching the
burgeoning market demand for next generation WAN services
including managed cloud connect," said Nick Polydorou, deputy
director of network sales for KDDI Europe.
"Enterprises have shown significant interest in evaluating
and deploying managed SD-WAN services and we are highly
confident that with our new managed SD-WAN services, powered by
Silver Peak, we will now have the ability to quickly and
effectively accelerate new service delivery for our existing
enterprise customers while attracting a significant number of
new enterprise customers."
KDDI Europe picked Silver Peak after carrying out an
evaluation of several top SD-WAN vendors, with the vendor
claiming it won thepartnership because it offers "comprehensive
features and capabilities" along with integrated WAN
IDC predicts that 60 percent of enterprises will implement
SD-WAN at some sites by the end of 2019, and a major criterion
for selecting a service provider is the ability to offer
one-stop tiered managed SD-WAN.
"We are very pleased to partner with KDDI Europe,
acknowledging their confidence that the EdgeConnect SD-WAN
solution delivers the features and capabilities required to
meet the growing demands of their most demanding enterprise
customers, while providing an accelerated services revenue ramp
for delivering high-margin, tiered managed SD-WAN services,"
said Shayne Stubbs, vice president of service provider and
cloud for Silver Peak.
"With EdgeConnect, KDDI is open and ready for business,
bringing the most advanced tiered managed SD-WAN services
available to their European and global customers."