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Lumen SD-WAN with VMware

A secure and scalable network architecture that delivers the reliable, high performance
network enterprises need in today’s digital-first world.

WAN ENVIRONMENT

Data explosion is driving WAN evolution

People centric. Location independent. And always resilient. Networks need to deliver on all fronts.

Demands on networks today are greater than ever before. Users are connecting from any location and accessing data and apps outside the WAN perimeter, using multiple devices – expecting even more bandwidth and higher performance as a result.

But cumbersome traditional networks can’t keep up. They were born before the digital transformation age, when applications sat exclusively behind firewalls each with dedicated devices – and when only branch-to-data center and branch-to-branch traffic facilitation was needed. They also can’t meet the modern security demands of distributed and cloud-based apps. The evolution? A new, hybrid WAN has emerged with the flex and scalability to solve these complex challenges.

SD-WAN leverages this hybrid WAN connectivity – but combines it powerfully with centralized, application-based policy controls. It provides intelligent analytics for total app and network visibility, all underpinned with robust security: meaning secure software overlay, next-gen firewall, and zero-trust, client-based services functionality.

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Explore use cases

Use case 1

Branch networking modernization

Keeping up with the seismic shift across branch networks

Use case 2

WAN transport modernization

Gain the speed, performance and bandwidth of a truly modern network

Use case 3

Cloud adoption & transition

Get cloud-ready with secure, scalable SD-WAN

Use case 4

App performance assurance – visibility & control

Keeping control with secure performance in the distributed enterprise

Use case 5

Edge Compute & IoT

Rearchitect the network for next-gen technology and next-level experiences

Use case 6

Simplified WAN & operations

Streamline WAN management to enable greater agility, visibility and control

USE CASE 1

Branch networking modernization

Keeping up with the seismic shift across branch networks

Nowadays, enterprises demand flexible and cost-effective connectivity to apps in the cloud. They want the bandwidth to match their ever-increasing capacity needs – but don’t want to compromise on security or the QoS parameters they expected from traditional architecture. Above all, they want a network that will drive – not derail – their digital transformation.

Cue Lumen SD-WAN with VMware. Taking an internet-oriented approach, it seamlessly – and securely – connects an enterprise’s entire network ecosystem, from branch sites to remote workers, the public internet and business-critical apps.

It allows intelligent use of ISP connections, consolidating network operations into a single, powerful platform, while also enabling access to cost-effective broadband when private connectivity is not needed. Enjoy comprehensive security across multiple touchpoints, from SaaS apps to corporate systems, with a consistent network overview. Finally, SD-WAN delivers the ability to launch new sites quickly and efficiently through centralized provisioning and automation – meaning agility to meet new demands.

USE CASE 2

WAN transport modernization

Gain the speed, performance and bandwidth of a truly modern network

As more business-critical apps move to the cloud, the drawbacks of traditional WAN architecture are becoming more apparent. Backhauling traffic to a centralized core is no longer efficient or cost-effective, nor can it deliver the flex and scalability that make an enterprise fully digital.

Lumen SD-WAN with VMware allows enterprises to route traffic across a mixture of connections, based on real-time availability and performance needs. It also has the high-performance capabilities to connect branches, data centers and clouds — giving enterprises the choice of optimizing traffic flows between branch and cloud apps, while bandwidth can be adapted to ever-changing business requirements.

What’s more, VMware network edge services with support from Lumen allow enterprises to deploy virtual networks in minutes, so they can expand their global presence, enhance app performance and create a secure hybrid multicloud infrastructure at a reasonable cost. Disaster recovery is built in, too – providing seamless business continuity.

USE CASE 3

Cloud adoption & transition

Get cloud-ready with secure, scalable SD-WAN

As cloud computing becomes core infrastructure in the digital enterprise serving a distributed, remote workforce, cloud-ready networks must be flexible, fast, scalable and secure. But growing public cloud adoption brings increased threats due to access via the internet, and traditional network infrastructures simply can’t cut it. Complex configurations, high costs and low performance is unacceptable for today’s changing WAN requirements – and critical security concerns.

Lumen SD-WAN with VMware enables IT teams to leverage Cloud Security as a Service, selectively directing traffic to the appropriate cloud security service while delivering embedded protection like firewalls, secure web gateways, VPNs and user segmentation.

What’s more, users can automatically connect to cloud services via the best path available, with policy-defined traffic automatically routed based on business needs, security requirements and network performance. Which means enterprises can securely embrace the cloud – and deliver an exceptional experience to end users.

USE CASE 4

App performance assurance – visbility and control

Keeping control with secure performance in the distributed enterprise

In the wake of COVID-19, enterprise architecture was forced to pivot – almost overnight. Now, increased SaaS adoption for business applications in the distributed enterprise is disrupting traditional WAN connectivity. Making way for a flexible network that draws on the right connectivity, to the right applications, all to deliver the right end-user experience. And it’s SD-WAN that is increasingly leveraged to provide dynamic connectivity optimization and path selection in a policy-driven, centrally manageable, distributed network architecture.

Lumen SD-WAN with VMware uses dynamic multi-path optimization to deliver the network reliability that maximizes application performance and productivity. Intelligent, application-aware routing enhances the end-user experience, leveraging the best available connectivity type to optimize performance, minimize latency and maximize redundancy. While the seamless integration of connectivity types, from cloud to edge, enables customers to spin up new sites and optimize unutilized bandwidth to drive greater agility, flexibility and cost-efficiency.

Use case 5

Edge Compute & IoT

Rearchitect the network for next-gen technology and next-level experiences

Advances in computing power, AI, IoT and machine learning are unleashing unprecedented opportunities for growth, enabling enterprises to innovate new customer experiences on demand at the edge. The network has become business-critical like never before to deliver ultra-low latency and rapid access to data from cloud to edge – but current network, cloud and IT architectures can’t keep up.

Enterprises must shed these clunky, costly and unsecure legacy systems and move to a platform that’s designed to support the intense performance today’s next-gen applications and technologies demand.

The solution is software defined networking, and Lumen SD-WAN with VMware offers a rock-solid foundation upon which organizations’ applications and workloads can operate at the edge. Operating from cloud to edge, we enable customers to rearchitect their infrastructure to meet their changing customer demands, support emerging applications and technologies and react to evolving market dynamics.

Centralized visibility

Gain critical visibility and reporting into network, performance, cost and analytics through a single interface.

Zero-touch deployment

Leverage self-service capabilities to spin up new sites, increase bandwidth allocation and more.

Security orchestration

Simplify and strengthen security edge-to-edge, particularly for remote/branch locations and those with direct Internet access, with centralized, single-pane management and policy control.

Automatisierung

Resolve issues fast with automation and built-in analysis, powered by AI.

USE CASE 6

Simplified WAN & operations

Streamline WAN management to enable greater agility, visibility and control

Managing network traffic across a hybrid network can be complex – with performance and security requirements varying by application, user group and location. With network transformation driving the agenda, enterprises must move to simplify WAN management to deliver the agility, visibility and control they need.

And that’s where the Lumen SD-WAN with VMware solution comes in. Offered in a co-managed and fully managed model, with a GUI-based, self-service central console, organizations can implement and manage routing policies, set traffic thresholds, manage access and align security controls as the organizational needs demand. Over the entire network, across all managed devices, all at once – and at much greater speed and consistency than configuring individual devices via a command line interface.

Powered by an intelligent, automated platform – with centralized visibility and control – enterprises can both simplify their WAN operations and accelerate their network transformation.

Why Lumen SD-WAN with VMWare?

Gain the digital transformation partner with an edge

Partnering with Lumen, utilizing SD-WAN with VMware is the smart choice: you gain a secure and scalable network, managed by an award-winning team – and one of the world’s first SD-WAN solution provider – with deep network expertise.

With a full portfolio of managed services, covering network, security and cloud, Lumen takes the complexity out of your SD-WAN operations to provide a powerful, high-performing network for your organization, carefully considering all aspects to fit your needs – from site design and policy administration to seamless migration.

We take a holistic approach, offering flexible service models so you can choose the management mix that best suits you. Plus, you can combine your SD-WAN solution with our global, Tier-1, high-bandwidth fiber network including direct cloud interconnection services. Every solution comes with a self-service portal, comprehensive SLAs and consolidated billing – so your network transformation is as straightforward as it is impactful.

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