Telstra says it has released a major platform update expanding the capability of its Telstra Programmable Network, and has partnered with VeloCloud to deliver an SD-WAN as a virtual solution to extend office branches for customers in Australia and globally.
Businesses can now use the TPN to shift their branch network into the cloud, by deploying a single Juniper Networks Universal CPE device on site, and using a marketplace of virtual network functions (VNFs) to deploy the required services. This helps businesses virtualize their physical hardware at each site and simplify network architectures while improving operations and application performance for users and customers, Telstra says.
This latest upgrade introduces universal CPE, allowing customers to deploy the Telstra Programmable Network to their branch location. The uCPE expands Telstra’s programmable network ecosystem to enable VeloCloud’s SD-WAN solution as a virtual network function.
“Cloud adoption continues to grow and new WAN architectures such as hybrid and SD-WAN are rapidly evolving. We are unlocking this technology for our customers who depend on having the fastest and most highly available digital experiences possible,” says Michelle Bendschneider, executive director of Telstra Global Products.
Bendschneider noted that businesses need to constantly adjust in a rapidly evolving technical world. “So we really looked at this release from a customer’s perspective with flexibility front of mind. The addition of SD-WAN provides a more intelligent layer to that flexibility, enabling customers to do more with their network as they digitally transform their business and scale and deploy additional applications when and where they need to.”
Bendschneider also claimed that Telstra is the first company in Asia-Pacific to deploy VeloCloud virtually through SD-WAN.
“We are the only company in Australia and across APAC that can offer virtual branch networking, VeloCloud SD-WAN, and zero touch management – all in the cloud,” she said.
Earlier this year Telstra announced a strategic partnership with VeloCloud which included an investment by Telstra Ventures.