Bigleaf Networks is taking its cloud-first SD-WAN abroad. The networking provider announced today that it expanded both its network and services to three major European cities: London, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam. And it plans to expand into Paris and Australia later this year.
This is the company’s first international expansion. Previously its SD-WAN was only available in the U.S.
“Expanding our network overseas will allow Bigleaf to support a growing number of companies in those international regions as well as U.S.-based enterprises with offices overseas,” said Joel Mulkey, founder and CEO of Bigleaf. “Many of these new markets are experiencing a boom in cloud-adoption, bringing with it an enormous growth opportunity.”
Bigleaf launched in 2012 and has raised $6.4 million to date. Unlike most vendors, the company uses its SD-WAN to connect to cloud applications, rather than as an MPLS replacement. “We predict that the mainstream global adoption of SD-WAN will be driven not by MPLS replacement, but by the adoption of services that are delivered over the internet,” said Mulkey.
The company’s channel resellers send the service to mid-size enterprises and bundle it with broadband connectivity and cloud applications like hosted voice over IP (VoIP).
Bigleaf’s service relies on a backbone IP network — comprised of carrier-grade routers, dedicated servers, and connects to multiple points of presence (PoP), now including global PoPs — to provide connectivity to these cloud applications.
This focus on cloud applications and its backbone network, Mulkey said, puts the company in “a unique position to fulfill that demand and further accelerate our already-aggressive growth.”
The company also recently expanded its development team to propel this growth. According to Mulkey, the team is working on improved application and network visibility, new traffic optimizations, and security integrations. “We have an exciting 2019 ahead with plans to release a number of features that customers and partners have requested,” he said. “Through it all, we will maintain our focus on cloud and SaaS [software-as-a-service] applications, and ease of use.”