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Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:55

Optus launches dedicated SD-WAN technology Featured

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Optus has launched its first dedicated SD-WAN technology for its software-defined network in partnership with Riverbed Technology.

According to Optus Business, Fusion SD-WAN is one of the first SD-WAN solutions in Australia that can be deployed as an "over-the-top" managed service across any business network – regardless of provider or connection.

And Optus says the new technology, supported by Riverbed’s SteelConnect platform, equips organisations with improved network management capabilities so they can rapidly respond to changing business demands.

“Business is moving at an unprecedented pace and, in an effort to remain relevant, organisations have deployed technologies from multiple providers. To ensure the long-term success and ROI of these strategies, Optus Fusion SD-WAN allows businesses to independently manage their networks in real-time, while also gaining the ability to instantly connect to the cloud,” says Enzo Cocotti, director, Optus Business.

Cocotti says Fusion SD-WAN monitors the health of every network path reinforced with application awareness capabilities to help IT managers understand how their network is performing and where bandwidth is being used.

“These insights allow businesses to improve and prioritise data flow between branches, as well as Amazon Web Services and Azure cloud environments, to immediately address business needs.

“With real-time insights into how network components are working together and performing, CIOs, network architects and developers are empowered with information shaping existing and future IT strategies. Ultimately, this equips IT professionals with additional expertise and capabilities to rapidly respond to the increasing demands from the business.”

“Gartner predicts 30% of businesses will have deployed some form of SD-WAN platform by 2019, up from just 2% today. This is the start of the evolution of SD-WAN in Australia,” says Keith Buckley, vice-president, Australia and New Zealand, Riverbed.

“As organisations continue to adopt more and more cloud apps and services, the network has to adapt to become more agile and intelligent.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Optus as Optus Fusion SD-WAN represents a catalyst for change – and a radical new approach to networking in today’s cloud-centric world.”

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