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May 2017, Vol. 8, No. 4

EarthLink SD-WAN helps Dunn-Edwards Paints connect with customers

A few years ago, Dunn-Edwards Corp. -- a paint manufacturer, distributor and retailer based in Los Angeles -- found its existing MPLS wide area network connections were failing to meet growing bandwidth demand. So when Dunn-Edwards' service provider decided to pilot a new software-defined WAN service using technology from startup VeloCloud, the paint company volunteered. We spoke with Dunn-Edwards' Phoenix-based manager of infrastructure services, Pete Garcia, to learn more about his team's experience with the EarthLink SD-WAN service. Editor's note: This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Why did Dunn-Edwards decide to deploy the EarthLink SD-WAN service? Pete Garcia: In the last three years or so, the branch offices have been coming to us and saying, 'Hey, we'd like more bandwidth in the stores' -- for everything from a guest network to better connectivity for our in-store paint advisors, who work in real time with contractors and retail customers. Pete Garcia Gartner was putting out material on SD-WAN ...

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