BT launches new "agile" SD-WAN product

BT has launched a new software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service aimed at driving digital transformation for large enterprises.

BT Agile Connect is built on technologies developed by the UK incumbent in partnership with Nokia’s Nuage Networks which determines the most effective route for traffic to take across as customer’s WAN.

BT claims the new technology will give large enterprises far greater control over their networks and traffic flow, allowing much faster and simpler setup of new sites with lower costs and less complexity.

It runs on BT’s global wholesale network infrastructure, with Agile Connect equipment currently live within the networks of several large, global organisations, BT said. The operator is now rolling the product out for new and existing customers as part of its Dynamic Network Services programme.

Agile Connect includes a BT pre-built controller infrastructure hosted on the internet and on BT's multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network. 

It also uses BT pre-built MPLS Internet gateways to offer simple cloud-based connectivity between Internet-connected and MPLS-connected sites.

Maria Grazia Pecorari, president, digital, global portfolio & marketing, Global Services, BT, said: “We invest all our efforts in giving customers choice, security, resilience, service, and agility in the roll out of high performance networks that support their digital transformation — what we call Dynamic Network Services. 

“This announcement is an important stage in the acceleration of that investment. Agile Connect gives BT customers a very robust SD-WAN at the right price, designed with ease of use and customer experience at its heart. It combines the technology of world-class partners and our own expertise in SDN with our global network and cloud services capabilities to bring more control, flexibility, performance and security for our customers.”