Optus Business partners with Riverbed for network-agnostic SD-WAN

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Optus Business has announced a new addition to its software-defined networking offering with the launch of Optus Fusion SD-WAN.

The new technology, supported by Riverbed’s SteelConnect platform, equips organizations with improved network management capabilities so they can rapidly respond to changing business demands.

Optus says its SD-WAN is one of the first such solutions in Australia that can be deployed as an over-the-top managed service across any business network – regardless of provider or connection.

“Business is moving at an unprecedented pace and, in an effort to remain relevant, organisations have deployed technologies from multiple providers,” said Optus Business director Enzo Cocotti. “To ensure the long-term success and ROI of these strategies, Optus Fusion SD-WAN allows businesses to independently manage their networks in real-time, while also gaining the ability to instantly connect to the cloud.”

Optus Business Fusion SD-WAN monitors the health of every network path reinforced with application awareness capabilities to help IT managers understand how their network is performing and where bandwidth is being used. These insights allow businesses to improve and prioritize data flow between branches, as well as Amazon Web Services and Azure cloud environments, to immediately address business needs.

“With real-time insights into how network components are working together and performing, CIOs, network architects and developers are empowered with information shaping existing and future IT strategies. Ultimately, this equips IT professionals with additional expertise and capabilities to rapidly respond to the increasing demands from the business,” Cocotti said.

“Gartner predicts 30% of businesses will have deployed some form of SD-WAN platform by 2019, up from just 2% today,” said Keith Buckley, VP of Australia and New Zealand at Riverbed Technology. “This is the start of the evolution of SD-WAN in Australia. As organisations continue to adopt more and more cloud apps and services, the network has to adapt to become more agile and intelligent.”

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