Fotolia

News Stay informed about the latest enterprise technology news and product updates.

Vonage taps SD-WAN to improve unified communications systems

Vonage is using technology from SD-WAN startup VeloCloud to up the performance of its cloud-based unified communications systems.

Vonage is ramping up its competitive edge in the crowded business-communications space by leveraging software-defined WAN technology to boost the voice and video quality and reliability of cloud-based unified communications.   

Last week, the voice over IP company announced that it would provide SD-WAN-based services to businesses starting next month. Vonage built the service, called SmartWAN, on technology from SD-WAN startup VeloCloud.

VeloCloud's cloud-based service constantly evaluates the best path to send data packets across a network. Vonage is leveraging VeloCloud technology to deliver unified communications systems more efficiently.

How SD-WAN improves unified communications systems

SD-WAN improves the quality of UC by automatically configuring WAN edge routers to find the best path for running traffic over a hybrid of wired and wireless broadband and private MPLS links. Managing multiple connections is one of SD-WAN's biggest draws.

With SD-WAN, "It's a lot easier to have multiple access connections at a location and leverage them all to send traffic," said Andrew Lerner, analyst for Gartner.

According to a 2015 report from Gartner, about 10% of enterprises will have replaced their traditional WAN routing with SD-WAN technology by 2018 -- up from less than 1% this year.

The same report said SD-WAN is most beneficial to businesses with one or some of the following motivations: moving to a hybrid WAN network to support cloud-based services, looking to reduce carrier service budgets or complexity of WANs and having a large number of remote branches.

Those businesses can reduce costs by as much as 40% by eliminating hardware and managing their WANs more efficiently. Additionally, the report said businesses could cut provisioning time by as much as 80%.

Through SD-WAN, Vonage is likely to improve overall service performance for its customers, said Lee Doyle, an analyst at Doyle Research in Wellesley, Mass. "They'll see an improvement in service."

Next Steps

Learn more about SD-WAN vendors

The different flavors of the new WAN

Traffic management with SD-WAN

Dig Deeper on SD-WAN

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Who does your company use for a software-defined WAN service provider?
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchNetworking

SearchEnterpriseWAN

SearchCloudProvider

SearchUnifiedCommunications

SearchSecurity

  • Passive Python Network Mapping

    In this excerpt from chapter two of Passive Python Network Mapping, author Chet Hosmer discusses securing your devices against ...

  • Protecting Patient Information

    In this excerpt from chapter two of Protecting Patient Information, author Paul Cerrato discusses the consequences of data ...

  • Mobile Security and Privacy

    In this excerpt from chapter 11 of Mobile Security and Privacy, authors Raymond Choo and Man Ho Au discuss privacy and anonymity ...

SearchDataCenter

Close