Increasingly, the worlds of unified communications and software-defined networking are intersecting as a way to manage bandwidth-hungry UC apps. Cloud communications provider Vonage wants to capitalize on this nexus.
Vonage SmartWAN is a cloud-based software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) that can help businesses oversee how they connect their branch offices and remote locations while ensuring their demanding voice, video and data communications needs are met. SmartWAN, anchored by VeloCloud's SD-WAN technology, maximizes bandwidth across multiple locations and works over a private or public network.
SmartWAN uses SD-WAN technology to optimize real-time traffic for UC and improve quality of service, said Robin Gareiss, president of Nemertes Research and a Best of Enterprise Connect judge. "It's taking two cool technologies that integrate and bolster performance."
When organizations move to the cloud, many have concerns about losing control and don't want to give that up for fear that mission-critical UC applications will be plagued by poor network performance.
"It gives some reassurance to IT staff that performance will have an extra layer of management to make sure the WAN is performing optimally," Gareiss said.
Enterprise Connect, a major UC conference, runs from March 7 to 10 in Orlando, Fla.