MetTel Among Telecommunications, IT Leaders to Address SD-WAN Growth, Security Collision Course

Jun 02, 2017

New York, June 2, 2017 – With the Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) market in hyper-growth and cyber security threats rising, industry leaders including Ed Fox, MetTel VP of Network Services, and MetTel partner and VeloCloud CEO Sanjay Uppal will converge at Light Reading’s SD-WAN Strategies for Success event in Dallas on June 6 to address integrated security solutions and other aspects of this hot market.

Senior executives from AT&T, BT Americas, and Verizon, and research firm Heavy Reading, among others, will also participate.

As part of the main agenda, the participants will discuss SD-WAN Solution Strategies: From Appliance-based to Network Function Virtualization with a panel on “Differentiation that SD-WAN affords in Service, Software and Security.”  The focus will be on the agility, automation and programmability of SD-WAN networks as well as their pivotal role in securing and monitoring the end-to-end network and the applications consuming it.

SD-WAN has emerged as an essential offering for telecommunications service providers as more businesses look for flexible and secure ways to connect to cloud services over existing broadband networks, ever searching to achieve more powerful bandwidth and greater cost-efficiency.

Initially launched as an appliance with the potential to reduce dependence on costly MPLS-WAN, SD-WAN has rapidly become a managed services offering, one which any provider hoping to serve the business market must have in its portfolio. That includes traditional telecom network operators, solution service providers, managed service providers and cable operators. How these different players approach this new market varies, as do the tools and technologies they need to succeed.

As one indicator of the market, MetTel’s SD-WAN business has accelerated to a 70 percent growth rate in terms of customer engagement volume.

“We had previously engaged branch-level customers in Proof-of-Concepts for SD-WAN,” said Ed Fox, VP of Network Services at MetTel. “But now, companies are approaching us from headquarters requesting extremely short sales cycles and deployment models with service level based guarantees so they can quickly benefit from the greater network capacity and increased savings. This accelerated interest coincides with the rising threat of security breaches across all industries and we must address these converging trends as an industry for our customers and our ability to serve them.”

MetTel’s SD-WAN solutions received the highest possible score in 2017 published research from Gartner entitled: Market Guide for US Alternative WAN Branch Solution Providers.*

*Source: Gartner Market Guide for US Alternative WAN Branch Solution Providers.  Published February 2017.

About MetTel
MetTel is a leading global provider of integrated digital communications solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel enables enterprise companies to easily deploy and manage technology-driven voice, data, wireless and cloud solutions worldwide. MetTel’s comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions boosts enterprise productivity, reduces costs and simplifies operations. Combining customized and managed communication solutions with a powerful platform of cloud-based software, the company’s MetTel Portal® enables customers to manage their inventory, usage, spend and repairs from one simple, user friendly interface. For more information visit www.mettel.net, follow us on Twitter (@OneMetTel) and on LinkedIn, or call us directly at 877.963.8663.  MetTel. Connect Smarter.™

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