As it puts SDN into practice in its network on a significant scale, CenturyLink is taking a new software-defined product to market. Today they unveiled a fully managed SD-WAN.
They'll be targeting enterprises nationwide, enabling private networks with software-based control over whatever underlying connectivity is available. CenturyLink has some 10 enterprises piloting the new SD-WAN product, and will be making it generally available in the third quarter. They've already got a free 90-day proof-of-concept program set up to help ease customers into the idea.
We don't hear as much about CenturyLink's network as we do these days when it regards their cloud and data centers, which have been the subject of much speculation when it comes to strategic alternatives. On that front, I'm just waiting for the markets to revisit the idea sometime this summer... it seems inevitable.
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