Tata Communications and Cisco on Thursday announced a new joint managed SD-WAN offering for enterprise customers transitioning to a multi-cloud native hybrid network.
The network-as-a-service IZO SDWAN platform is meant to ensure predictable and secure access to data and applications across multi-cloud and multi-domain environments, according to the companies.
Tata says the managed network-as-a-service offering provides businesses with greater control over their digital infrastructure and helps ease network transformation.
“We want our customers to be able to harness the power of the Internet and the cloud to transform how they operate, but without jeopardizing security or performance,” said Song Toh, VP of global network services at Tata Communications, in a statement.
Cisco’s SD-WAN expertise pairs with Tata’s cloud and hybrid networking capabilities, which the providers said is underpinned by Tata’s tier-1 internet backbone and partnerships with cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.
“Cisco SD-WAN is the point of intelligence in application-aware networking for multi-cloud adopted businesses. It 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,” said Vish Iyer, VP of architectures APJC at Cisco. “This cloud-native architecture allows organizations to seamlessly transition and adopt cloud-hosted and assisted infrastructure to ultimately allow businesses to accelerate their transformation and innovation agenda.”
The latest announcement builds on Cisco and Tata’s previous relationship. Tata is already a certified master service provider in Cisco’s Cloud & Managed Services Program, which involves integrating its own network, cloud, and hosting services as part of Cisco’s products.
With the new offering enterprise customers can offer employees an uninterrupted user experience for both cloud-based and on-premise applications in 150 countries around the world, the companies said.
“Enterprises want SD-WAN’s many practical features to have a predictable and secure cloud applications experience, but they often run into unexpected challenges,” said Brian Washburn, practice leader, Network Transformation & Cloud, Ovum. “Ovum recommends enterprises partner with an expert service provider to help with their network transformation.”