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Telekom expands wide area network offering with VMware

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  • VMware is central partner for Telekom for software-controlled networks
  • Telekom's Smart SD-WAN: more performance at the click of a mouse
  • Cloud applications need new approach, dynamically drive data hunger
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Telekom expands wide area network offering with VMware.


T-Systems is expanding its offering for international corporate networks. The company enters into a relationship with VMware to offer “VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud” to its customers. VMware is one of the industry leaders for software-controlled networks (SD-WAN, Software Defined Wide Area Networks). Telekom recently launched a new generation of corporate networks with its “Smart SD-WAN”. With VMware, the group is now bringing a central partner on board for its SD-WAN offering.

The cloud demands software-controlled networks

Software-controlled networks offer customers significant advantages: they are more flexible. If the customer needs more power, it is easier to deliver it. Central company programs benefit from this. Software-controlled connections are a central development in the telecommunications industry. Networks of companies need to perform better today. The cloud, in particular, demands a lot from networks. Employees access cloud services from locations all over the world. They use any app at any time. And they use different devices and operating systems.

Company network under stress

This gained flexibility can mean stress for the company network. Data traffic, application performance and peak loads are less easy to predict. The established networks of the companies have hardly been created for the dynamics. This also applies to IoT: There are more and more connected machines and objects. The sensors dynamically drive the hunger for data. In addition, there are voice and video applications in real time. In addition to higher bandwidth, modern networks also require faster response times. In contrast to traditional networks, these use the internet and mobile communications as an alternative means of access.

More network performance at the click of a mouse

Until now, many companies controlled their networks with hardware. If organizations needed more power, they would put their hands on devices. This can be expensive, and not flexible enough. Few administrators can follow data streams fast enough with legacy technology. Software therefore often replaces devices in modern networks. The administrator can provide network performance at the click of a mouse.

Telekom is regarded in the industry as a pioneer for software-controlled connections. ISG, a consulting firm, rates T-Systems as the world's leading provider of this new generation of networks.

“We are extremely pleased to work with T-Systems to deliver our industry leading SD-WAN, enabling enterprises to reach any cloud more securely and at scale,” said Sanjay Uppal, vice president and general manager of the VeloCloud business unit at VMware. “With this technology, we can help organizations undergoing digital transformation with a more efficient and flexible way to deploy, manage, and scale their networks.”
 

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