VeloCloud’s SD-WAN software is prepackaged in a box and is given to GTT to sell directly to enterprises to install on-premises. The provider is used to selling managed customer premises equipment (CPE), which made VeloCloud’s prepackaged hardware attractive to the provider, said Samir Desai, director of product management at GTT.
GTT’s managed SD-WAN service builds on its existing hybrid WAN services. It deploys VeloCloud gateways across its network. GTT’s network is comprised of 300 points of presence (PoPs), which are all interconnected and owned by GTT, Desai said.
Specifically, GTT’s SD-WAN allows customers to define policies for network traffic, segmenting service groups based on performance requirements. Traffic is then routed across private or public connections like MPLS, Internet, and wireless.
This will simplify network control for branch locations, focusing on enterprise WAN management for cloud-based and on-premises applications. The service allows users to prioritize certain apps and monitor application performance through an analytics portal.
GTT focuses on managing broadband deployment, access points, private connectivity, and MPLS. In early 2015, the provider acquired the managed services division of MegaPath, which boosted its presence in managed broadband deployment, Desai said.
The service provider competes with just about anyone who is selling and managing global WANs directly to customers. These companies include Verizon, AT&T, Level 3, CenturyLink, Orange, and NTT Communications, Desai said.