Telecommunications provider EarthLink is jumping on the software-defined WAN bandwagon with the launch of EarthLink SD-WAN Concierge for customers and channel partners.
The Atlanta-based provider's SD-WAN service is a cloud-based offering that gives businesses a unified platform to manage network functions and their Internet of Things (IoT) environments, according to EarthLink.
EarthLink's new SD-WAN service is powered by SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud. The two providers announced a partnership earlier this month.
EarthLink SD-WAN Concierge is a combination of a platform and a managed service. According to the provider, the offering includes an assigned service manager and EarthLink engineers that can work with each business to integrate SD-WAN into their network by creating routing and security policies based on real-time analytics.
The latest service is available through EarthLink's channel partners, the provider told CRN.
Intelisys, a master agent and EarthLink partner believes that SD-WAN is a "game-changing" opportunity for the channel, said Andrew Pryfogle, senior vice president of cloud transformation for Petaluma, Calif.-based Intelisys.
“Earthlink’s announcement about their new SD-WAN offer is timely as it enables our sales partners to be at the forefront of this exciting new conversation with customers,” Pryfogle said.
Telecom Decision Makers (TDM), a Pewee Valley, Ky.-based telecom agency and fellow EarthLink partner, has been selling SD-WAN solutions from its other carrier partners. Like Intelisys, TDM is excited that EarthLink has added an SD-WAN service to its portfolio, said Robert Bowling, president of TDM.
The new SD-WAN offering, Bowling said, helps EarthLink solidify its already very strong suite of network services.
TDM already sells VeloCloud's SD-WAN offering as a standalone product to its customers.