IBM recognized as a Leader in Avasant’s SD-WAN Managed Services RadarView™ Report

Among endless service provider options, novel and disruptive mechanics in innovation brings recognition as a Leader for SD-WAN Managed Services 2019.

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Deep technical and domain capabilities, deep innovative partnership, well-defined roadmap and extensive global presence

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Practice Maturity

  • IBM is a pioneer of network services and has made significant technical contributions to SD-WAN adoption since starting its practice in 2014. It offers end-to-end managed service offerings under its Network Consulting Services portfolio. One of the key differentiators for IBM is its own network and security solutions
  • It has one of the largest technology estates under management (network endpoints and circuits), with diverse portfolio of networking solutions focused on high-value technologies like SDN/NFV
  • Its large client base has maximum traction in banking, retail and financial services, which positions the company to support production-grade enterprise adoption of SD-WAN and drive implementation of new use cases
  • It uses a combination of proprietary and third-party platforms, tools and frameworks for achieving year-on-year cost reduction and bandwidth optimization in its managed service agreements. Its network management tool NetCool has been well-received among customers
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Partnership Ecosystem

  • IBM has a vast partnership network of leading players in the SD-WAN ecosystem. It has licensing agreements with platform providers such as Cisco-Viptela, VMware, Juniper Networks, Fortinet, and Versa Networks
  • It also has joint development and GTM engagements with leading telecom providers. For instance, it will offer AT&T’s Flexware to its existing customers and enable them to run additional workloads on IBM’s cloud

Investments and Innovation

  • IBM has made significant investments towards IP development and enhancement. Key initiatives include providing interconnectivity and cloud access through carrier-neutral facilities, standardizing the x86 platform for branch CPE solution, and securing multi-cloud application protection utilizing cloud security vendors
  • It has invested in 2 Network Innovation Centers located in Dallas, TX and Nice, France. Both are intended to enable enterprises develop IBM-supported networking solutions, integrate legacy and SDN/NFV-based networking environments, and validate complex hybrid solutions


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