Deutsche Telekom (DT) deployed VeloCloud’s software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology between the United States and Germany, interconnecting its Telekom Innovation Labs’ headquarters in Berlin with its Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Mountain View, California.
DT created the Silicon Valley center in 2008 to prototype emerging network and mobile technologies, including software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). The SD-WAN connection between Germany and Silicon Valley allowed DT to prototype a responsive industrial network with minimal cost and impact to existing private networks.
Deutsche Telekom also wanted the transatlantic network to enable 3D printers or robotic arms in Mountain View, or elsewhere, to instantly execute commands issued in Berlin. DT had considered alternative network architectures. But it determined that building a separate WAN and VPN on top of its existing infrastructure would be too time-consuming and expensive.
Within one week, DT had the VeloCloud SD-WAN set up at the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. It also shipped equipment to some other locations and made similar connections, quickly.
VeloCloud’s technology does automatic WAN link discovery to configure links and branch locations.