Windstream Rolls Out Enhancements for VMware-Powered SD-WAN

The three new SD-WAN edge devices are the next-generation technology from VMware.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

June 3, 2021

2 Min Read

Windstream Enterprise has unveiled new feature enhancements and hardware available for its VMware-powered SD-WAN.

The three new SD-WAN edge devices are the next-generation technology from VMware. These new devices offer better performance, the company said. They include processors that support additional functionally, simplified design and deployment with less complexity.

Windstream says the enhancements allow it to offer customers industry-leading SD-WAN technology.

Mike Frane is Windstream Enterprise‘s vice president of product marketing.


Windstream’s Mike Frane

“Being able to share the news of these new enhancements available for Windstream Enterprise VMware-powered SD-WAN is incredibly exciting,” he said. “These enhancements highlight the importance of unifying security and SD-WAN as an integral part of our support secure access service edge (SASE) architecture and evolution.”

The new SD-WAN edges support SASE by integrating SD-WAN and security. Managed network security (MNS) is deployed as a virtual network function (VNF) on the VMware edge. That delivers unified threat management protection for the SD-WAN network.

Customers will be able to access the MNS VNF from Windstream Enterprise’s WE Connect portal to remotely self-service, view and configure their VNF firewalls. That will offer customers the following benefits:

  • View firewall details and policies to enable proper configuration to protect their networks.

  • Manage web filtering policy, including the ability to block specific URLs or categories based on content.

  • Application control policies that protect employees from inappropriate, harmful and unprotected apps.

  • Automated reports generated to review and audit internet use and potential risky behavior.

Mike Flannery is Windstream Enterprise’s CMO.

“These new capabilities deliver a significant technological upgrade to Windstream Enterprise SD-WAN customers,” he said. “As the company continues to lean into the use of virtualization technology alongside its networking and security solutions, Windstream Enterprise remains committed to delivering customers an unrivaled experience and accelerated success.”

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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