CenturyLink unveils managed SD-WAN service for large-scale network deployment


CenturyLink, Inc. has introduced CenturyLink® SD-WAN, a fully managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution.

CenturyLink SD-WAN, the latest solution in the company’s advanced networking services portfolio, unifies network management across disparate network types, creating an agile, responsive wide area network.

To ease customer adoption of this wide area network technology, CenturyLink is providing businesses with an exclusive proof-of-concept program.

“Cloud-based applications, media streaming, video surveillance, enhanced analytics and in-store experience continue to push the network needs of the enterprise. Without significant increases to their traditional private network budgets, enterprises are challenged to meet these ever-growing demands, improve the end-user experience and ensure security and application performance,” said CenturyLink Chief Technology Officer Aamir Hussain. “CenturyLink SD-WAN offers a game-changing approach, enabling an instantly better network experience and addressing many of the common pain points faced by organizations that need high-speed, cost-effective network services for numerous locations.”

CenturyLink SD-WAN addresses business needs for:CenturyLink’s free-of-charge, 90-day proof-of-concept offer is designed for businesses interested in testing SD-WAN within their wide area network. CenturyLink will provide the customer-premise devices, access to an intuitive management portal and full customer support for up to five sites to showcase the substantial improvements this groundbreaking network technology can bring to businesses.

CenturyLink SD-WAN enables software-based centralized control to deliver full-featured private networks over any available connectivity. CenturyLink SD-WAN bundles site connectivity, equipment, software licensing, configuration, performance tuning and monitoring with a comprehensive management and analytics portal.

Customers can manage their own policies or have CenturyLink manage their policies. CenturyLink also can manage connectivity from a wide range of providers as part of an aggregated solution. Customers can build standalone SD-WAN networks or pursue hybrid approaches that seamlessly integrate MPLS and SD-WAN connected sites.

•Unified management – One network manager that ties disparate networks and access types into a more agile, responsive wide area network that is easy to administer.
•Access to bandwidth – Leverage broadband connectivity for bandwidth-intensive applications.
•Speed and agility – Turn up new locations quickly and easily.
•Simplicity – Add on-demand features that previously required hardware procurement.
•Security – Access, implement and enforce a broad array of security controls.
•Economic pricing – Reduce capital expenses and operating expenses for equipment, maintenance and staffing.
•Visibility – Monitor network and application performance at any point in the network, with access to broad and granular analytics and reporting.
•Reliability – Experience uniform service levels across all locations, thanks to flexible carrier choices and the ability to scale using network functions virtualization (NFV).
•Integration – Extend and complement existing network services, such as MPLS and Ethernet, through integration into the SD-WAN platform.
•Proactive customer support – Access personal support, ongoing performance tuning and recommendations from CenturyLink.