Tata Communications partners with Cisco to offer new managed SD-WAN solution

Tata Communications partners with Cisco to offer new managed SD-WAN solution
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16 May, 2019

Mumbai-based telecom major Tata Communications and San Jose, California-based networking provider Cisco have partnered to offer a new managed software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution for enterprises both on the cloud and on-premise, the firms said in a statement.

The solution, which has been developed from Tata Communications' IZO cloud platform and Cisco's SD-WAN services, will give enterprises greater control over their digital infrastructure and securely connect users to any application location.

“Cisco SD-WAN can direct each application to the most appropriate transport to use in real-time and that application is free to reside in any cloud or on-premise location. This cloud-native architecture allows organisations to seamlessly transition and adopt cloud-hosted and assisted infrastructure to ultimately allow businesses to accelerate their transformation and innovation agenda,” said Vish Iyer, vice president of architectures for Asia Pacific and Japan at Cisco, said.

Song Toh, vice president of global network services at Tata Communications said that as part of the new solution, the company will offer a fully managed hybrid network service.

“It’s a resilient cloud-ready network-as-a-service which can grow and scale as needed, while ensuring predictable and secure access to data and applications. It’s designed to give businesses agility and reduce the complexity of network transformation," he added.

Tata Communications has partnerships with cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Alibaba and Google.

Last month, Cisco had partnered with Indian telecom service provider Airtel to provide connectivity solutions to enterprises and small and medium businesses.

Airtel, which offers video and audio conferencing services to enterprises, is using Cisco's technology platform to offer managed Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) and Webex solutions.

SD-WAN is a software-based networking solution while Webex is an on-demand online collaboration and video conferencing platform.

Cisco has also introduced a new range of Wi-Fi 6 access points for enterprises and a new set of core switches for better networking capabilities.