Partners Praise EarthLink's VeloCloud-Powered SD-WAN Service

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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.

[Related: EarthLink Sells IT Services Business to Rising Star Synoptek For $29M]

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.

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