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- NTT launched its SD-WAN practice in 2017 utilizing its USD 525M acquisition of Virtela in 2014. As a result, NTT integrated Virtela’s SDN and NFV capabilities into its own platform and offered a new SD-WAN service under NTT SDx+M (software-defined everything plus management) umbrella of services.
- Its sizeable SD-WAN portfolio leverages mCPE and SD-WAN capabilities from ten of the leading global vendors, covering more than 190 countries. NTT’s SD-WAN platform is distributed worldwide through 75+ local cloud centers in close proximity to customer branch offices.
- In 2017, NTT Communications ICT Solutions, a subsidiary of NTT Communications, launched an SD-WAN offering in Australia to help enterprises with intelligent traffic routing and efficient cloud-based application executions.
- NTT’s acquisition of Dimension Data and other sister companies has significantly bolstered its capabilities around SD-WAN managed services, hybrid network, digital infrastructure, cybersecurity, and managed network & security services. This enables NTT to deliver end-to-end network transformation services.
- NTT has a robust partner ecosystem to offer flexibility to enterprises based on their existing engagements and preferences. Its partner ecosystem includes SD-WAN technology providers (Cisco, Silver Peak, Nuage Networks, Riverbed, Versa Networks), cloud providers (AWS, Azure) and 1,000+ local ISPs. It has long-standing partnership with Cisco (Gold Certified Partner) where it has certified 150 + resources with CCIE certified resources.
- It has jointly developed a unified communication (UC) solution in collaboration with Arkadin, a provider of cloud communication services, to enhance business collaboration for European customers and provide single point of ownership for both network proposition and UCaaS.
Investments and Innovation
- NTT has been investing in developing its SD-WAN capabilities through inorganic means. A prime example is the acquisition of Virtela, although it took NTT a significant time to leverage Virtela’s capability and launch its own SD-WAN platform.
- NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i³) has collaborated with Intel Corporation and Internet Solution, a pan-African telecom provider, to deliver CloudWAN solutions globally. By integraiting NTT i3’s CloudWAN controller with Intel next-generation chips, the solution will provided enterprises with agile deployment and management of complex networks.
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