VMware is set to offer its SD-WAN Edge on Equinix Network Edge as a virtual network function.
The cloud computing and virtualisation software provider will also extend its presence in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers across the world as part of an expanded collaboration to accelerate enterprise digital transformation and enable greater connectivity.
“We can help companies deploy a digital ready infrastructure at the edge within minutes in order to accelerate their digital transformation efforts anywhere in the world,” said Bill Long, the Senior Vice President for Product Management at Equinix.
Digital transformation is happening at a rapid pace, with cloud-based solutions at the forefront to enable remote working and collaboration across continents.
“An entire architectural shift driven by data transformation is happening across the IT landscape today,” added Mr. Long.
But the pressure to digitally transform is mounting on enterprise networks to become more agile, flexible and to deploy and manage. That’s why Equinix chose to work with VMware in meeting evolving demands by offering solutions that empower remote workforces and increase business continuity at the digital edge without upfront capital expenses, a physical data center deployment or hardware requirements.
“With VMware SD-WAN Edge now available as a virtual network service on Equinix’s Network Edge, enterprises, partners and service providers alike will be able to have unique, globally available network solutions,” said Sanjay Uppal, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of VeloCloud Business Unit at VMware.
The VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud solution is an enterprise-grade virtual SD-WAN edge service that helps enterprises manage their own direct peering relationships with cloud service providers of their choice via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric or Equinix Marketplace.
Equinix and VMware will also enable accessibility of secure-access service edge (SASE) components on Network Edge. Together with VMware’s SD-WAN, the solutions will be optimised for intrinsically secure access to any public, private or SaaS cloud for remote and branch users.
Due to the imperative of digital transformation, the SD-WAN market has remained robust, as organisations are looking to scale initial deployments out into all brand offices, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“VMware’s SD-WAN is designed to address those needs and help organisations dynamically scale their IT infrastructure in lockstep with the demands of digital business,” said Brad Casemore, the Research Vice President for Datacenter Networks at IDC.
The Network Edge, which was launched last year, runs on a modular infrastructure platform, enabling customers to rapidly deploy network services and security devices. Equinix and VMware have collaborated since 2013 to enable hybrid cloud infrastructures, which has helped Global 2000 enterprises and partners address the increasing volume and complexity of application workloads and data.
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