Another SD-WAN Vendor Chooses AWS for Cloud Delivery

Aws | April 15, 2019

Yet another software-defined networking (SDN) vendor ADARA Networks has taken its SD-WAN wares to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform, in this case with the paramount promise of reducing network latency. ADARA last week announced its SD-WAN offerings are now available on the AWS Marketplace. The "end-to-end" solution includes: network functions virtualization (NFV) technology; WAN optimization; network monitoring; management; and configuration, security, services/infrastructure choreography and network orchestration.

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