Comcast embarks on Enterprise SD-WAN journey

Comcast embarks on Enterprise SD-WAN journey

Comcast CMCSA 40,20 -0,01 -0,02% is embarking on an journey using Versa Networks to provide for their enterprise customers. They announced their SD-WAN beta for mid-market and enterprise customers at Interop ITX.

“Our SD-WAN solution pairs a carrier-grade, hosted SDN environment with widely available gigabit service. Together, our SD-WAN and gigabit solutions herald a new generation of networking that provides the bandwidth, scalability, reliability and flexibility needed to power the cloud applications that are transforming business .” – Kevin O'Toole, SVP of Product Management, Comcast Business.

This uses their cable network infrastructure, but wraps it as a Business Internet 1000 service, using DOCSIS 3.1 modems. This is very much a network process simplification play. The Comcast internet cloud provides a single network over which to run the site-to-site VPN connections. Cloud applications connect directly using that same link, but breaking out via their peering points. These have direct peering with a number of providers such as , as well as the consumer Netflix and Twitch.

The trial will run during the summer, with a full product launch towards the end of the year. If you've got offices in the Comcast service area, and are looking at SD-WAN, then perhaps this is one route you may want to choose.

Thanks to LightReading for the heads up via Comcast Woos the Enterprise with SD-WAN.

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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