Windstream SMB Unit Launches Cisco Meraki-Powered LAN Services

Windstream teamed up with Cisco Meraki to launch the SMB service.

James Anderson, Senior News Editor

March 3, 2021

2 Min Read
F5 Networks

Windstream is giving its small business customers a new suite of LAN and Wi-Fi services.

Windstream’s Kinetic SMB unit just rolled out “Enhanced LAN & WiFi.” The suite utilizes wireless LAN solutions from Cisco Meraki. Windstream noted that the solutions enable advanced cloud management and  troubleshooting. In addition, the Meraki platform allows customers to manage their networks and devices from any location.

“As we partner with businesses to deploy solutions that increase usability and simplify small business networking, we’re excited to introduce Enhanced LAN and WiFi, delivering state-of-the-art, location-based connectivity with real-time customer support,” said Joe Johnson, vice president of Kinetic product development and management. “From cloud-managed switches to cloud-based Wi-Fi, our customers can rest easy with the assurance that our team of experts will deliver an excellent experience for their business.”

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Executives say the update will improve the customer experience and increase employees’ productivity and analytics. In addition, the suite provides intelligent branch and campus switching, wired security and built-in application visibility. In addition, the new Windstream solutions help businesses see where devices are moving on their Wi-Fi networks.

Windstream also noted that customers can deploy addition devices without facing controller bottlenecks.

Windstream in 2017 rebranded its consumer and small business unit to Kinetic by Windstream. Kinetic Business last year launched an SD-WAN offering that utilizes VMware VeloCloud technology.

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James Anderson

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

James Anderson is a news editor for Channel Futures. He interned with Informa while working toward his degree in journalism from Arizona State University, then joined the company after graduating. He writes about SD-WAN, telecom and cablecos, technology services distributors and carriers. He has served as a moderator for multiple panels at Channel Partners events.

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