The benefits of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN), should be known by organisations, even if implementation is still a little early. Improved agility and lower cost will be a given, but each enterprise’s needs – as well as their networks – will all be different.
Aryaka, a provider of software-defined network connectivity, has announced a strategic partnership with China Mobile International (CMI) to deliver what they are calling ‘the first fully compliant global SD-WAN service for international companies with locations in China.’
In other words, the partnership will provide high-performance SD-WAN to global firms with headquarters in China, while providing a sanctioned service supporting locations in China for outside organisations.
One of the more interesting Aryaka customer stories is that of headphone manufacturer Skullcandy. The company replaced its MPLS system with Aryaka’s enterprise-grade private network in 2016 with a trial in China, saying the benefits included reduced latency, quicker application performance and better collaboration.
“Aligning our resources will increase enterprise agility by simplifying the job of deploying and managing SD-WANs that meet the singular compliance requirements in China,” said Shawn Farshchi, president and CEO of Aryaka in a statement. “Together, Aryaka and CMI will provide the only solution that can deliver significantly better performance for both on-premises and SaaS/cloud applications anywhere in the world.”
Another company assessing the impact SD-WAN will have on the enterprise is Tangoe. In February, the telecoms expense management (TEM) solutions provider expanded its advisory services arm, with the maturation of SD-WAN – requiring organisations to take a look at their networks – cited. Speaking to this publication at this year’s Mobile World Congress, Craig Riegelhaupt, director of product marketing, sounded a note of caution amidst the hype.
“It depends on the organisation – what they define it as, how it fits into their own infrastructure,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to say… let’s not jump to it because you think it’s the next thing. Do you [as a customer] really need this level of service, these types of services?”