KDDI Europe partners Silver Peak for SD-WAN

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 optimisation.

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.”