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Windstream Enterprise Announces New SD-WAN Enhancements with VMware

Windstream | June 02, 2021

Windstream Enterprise (WE), a provider of managed communications services, has announced new feature enhancements and hardware for its VMware-powered SD-WAN.

VMware's three new SD-WAN edge devices represent the company's next-generation technology, named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. These new edge devices provide improved performance with enhanced processors that offer additional functionalities and simplified design and deployment with less complexity. Windstream Enterprise will now provide customers with industry-leading SD-WAN technology due to the enhancements.

By integrating SD-WAN with security, the new SD-WAN edges assist in the evolution of the SASE (Secure Access Service Edge). MNS is deployed as a Virtual Network Function (VNF) on the VMware edge, providing unified threat management security for the SD-WAN network.

Customers will be able to access the MNS VNF using Windstream Enterprise's award-winning WE Connect portal to remotely self-service, view, and configure their VNF firewalls to enable the following benefits:

• View firewall details and policies to ensure proper network protection configuration.

• Manage web filtering policies, such as the ability to block specific URLs or categories depending on content.

• Policies for application control that protect employees from inappropriate, harmful, and unprotected apps

• Reports are generated automatically to review and audit online activity and potentially risky behavior.

About Windstream
Windstream Holdings is a communications and software company that is privately held. Windstream provides managed communications services, such as SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the United States. In addition, with an enhanced fiber network and 5G fixed wireless service, the company provides premium Internet, entertainment, and security services to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states.

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In the same way that server virtualization programmatically creates and manages virtual machines, NSXT Data Center network virtualization programmatically creates and managed software-based virtual networks. With network virtualization, the functional equivalent of a network hypervisor reproduces the complete set of Layer 2 through Layer 7 networking services (for example, switching, routing, access control, firewalling, QoS) in software. As a result, these services can be programmatically assembled in any arbitrary combination, to produce unique, isolated virtual networks in a matter of seconds.

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