VeloCloud Unveils Outcome-Driven Networking

December 01, 2017

By Paula Bernier - Executive Editor, TMC

Provisioning and managing networks and services is no easy task. That’s why we’ve been hearing so much about automation and orchestration lately. The idea is to identify and set policies for how you want to do provisioning and management. That way, you can automate these processes.

That allows you to turn up new endpoint devices, network elements, and services more quickly. It enables you to employ your human resources for value-added as opposed to for tedious manual tasks. It helps eliminate errors caused by human intervention. And it allows you to scale.

VeloCloud Networks Inc.’s recent announcement ties in with this trend.

The SD-WAN solution provider explains that VeloCloud Outcome-Driven Networking orchestrates and automates network processes end to end. That, it says, enables companies to avoid complexity involved with using CLIs, manual processes, and per-device activations.

“Simplicity, automation, and zero-touch operations have a tremendous impact on the efficiencies of managing over 800 sites globally,” said Mike Howell, Global Infrastructure Engineering Manager of Rentokil Initial, a British business services group, as quoted in the VeloCloud press release issued late last month. “The Outcome-Driven approach from VeloCloud, built on the principles of intelligent routing and simplified VPN, gives us confidence to execute on current and future technology demands needed to support our business.”

What’s more, VeloCloud Outcome-Driven Networking looks at things based on the total experience and network as opposed to just the individual device being configured. And it adapts to changing network conditions.

The idea of networks that can adapt and learn, and the message that network resources can be leveraged to deliver outcomes as opposed to just connectivity, are recurring themes these days by infrastructure solution providers. For example, in June Cisco (News - Alert) unveiled what it’s calling intent-based networking solutions.

Speaking of Cisco and VeloCloud, both companies are included in new SD-WAN revenue research from IHS (News - Alert) Markit. The research and consulting firm says in the third quarter VeloCloud generated the greatest worldwide SD-WAN revenue, at $26 million. Aryaka was second, with $21.3 million. Silver Peak (News - Alert) came in third, with $14.1 million. Next on the list were Viptela ($9.5 million), InfoVista and Citrix (each with $4.4 million), Talari ($4.1 million), TELoIP ($3.9 million), FatPipe ($3.8 million), Cisco ($3.1 million), Huawei (News - Alert) ($2.8 million), CloudGenix ($2.5 million), Riverbed ($1.7 million), and ZTE ($0.6 million).

“With the WAN connectivity problem well understood and solutions ramping in deployments, SD-WAN vendors are beginning to offer additional services such as WAN optimization and virtual firewall. The next important challenge for SD-WAN vendors to solve is providing connectivity with SLAs and security for the multi-cloud,” said IHS Markit analyst Cliff Grossner.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz