Sprint Expands Its VeloCloud SD-WAN Global Reach

Sprint deepened its relationship with VMware today, announcing it’s VeloCloud-based SD-WAN offering was now available internationally in more than 100 countries. The expansion more than doubles the reach of the U.S.-based carrier’s SD-WAN service compared to a year ago. Sprint launched its initial VeloCloud-powered SD-WAN offering in 2017, shortly before VMware’s acquisition of the software vendor. The service was aimed at U.S. companies, though the carrier quickly began extending the service to new markets outside the U.S. throughout 2018. While Sprint and VeloCloud share a years-long relationship, new to the arrangement is the telecom’s Certainty Network Design Model, which was announced at CES earlier this year. The model offers an alternative network design that combines multiple network layers with SD-WAN to deliver greater network reliability.

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