Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) announced the launch of its software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service to improve enterprises' network management, and enhance performance, reliability, and failover options.
Zayo asserts its SD-WAN offering addresses the growing need of enterprises to accommodate an increasing amount of users accessing the network from a range of locations with variedaccess options. According to Zayo, cloud-based enterprise applications also bring complications.
An integrated extension of Zayo's fiber-based IP/MPLS backbone offerings,Zayo says its SD-WAN simplifies otherwise complex WAN management. Basic and advanced packages are available, including managed and unmanaged options.
Zayo says the serviceenables flexible, cost-effective location integration and service provisioning, integrating MPLS, internet, and LTE into primary and multi-path configurations. To provide an optimal network performance, dynamic traffic steering prioritizes traffic at the application level to the available paths. The SD-WAN integrateswith internet and IP-VPN connections alike, delivering more capacity and resiliency, according to the company.
In 2015, Zayo upgraded its Ethernet backbone to accommodate 100-Gbps (see "Zayo Ethernet backbone moves to 100G"). Its portfolio of WAN services currently includes a range of IP and Ethernet-based services and managed and unmanaged services to accommodate the customer's network preference. With the addition of SD-WAN to its portfolio, customers have portal access to monitor and maximize their traffic, down to the application level, with the option of outsourcing the network management entirely to Zayo.
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