CenturyLink addresses SD-WAN, Wi-Fi monitoring with Cisco-based managed enterprise service

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CenturyLink has launched its Managed Enterprise with Cisco Meraki, giving customers greater visibility into their SD-WAN and other wireline and wireless-related services.

By leveraging Cisco Meraki products, CenturyLink said this managed solution enables single- or multisite customers to use CenturyLink to provide all components, including devices, licenses, connectivity, management and support.

Troy Trenchard, VP of product management for CenturyLink, said in a release that the new solution is about helping business customers simplify the management of their device sets.

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“This new solution enables customers to minimize the number of devices on-site and easily access information through a single, cloud-based interface,” Trenchard said.

Available with fixed, monthly per-device pricing, customers can pick and choose from available components at initial order time, or when needed.

Additionally, the managed Meraki solution also integrates with other CenturyLink offerings such as Managed Office, Fiber + and Location-Based Analytics, a fully managed customer engagement solution allowing businesses to gain insight into real-time data and create more personalized customer experiences through powerful analytics and marketing tools.

CenturyLink Managed Enterprise with Cisco Meraki is also being made available to CenturyLink Alliance program partners. Later this year, the company has plans to make this available to international customers.

The telco’s timing for this service certainly reflects the trends occurring in the business services sector. The business-class, cloud-managed Wi-Fi market is set to grow to $3.3 billion by 2020, according to IDC.

Now that enterprise IT is giving more attention to the needs of distributed and branch networks and the growing appetite for subscription-based IT, IDC said it expects significant growth for the worldwide, cloud-managed, enterprise wireless local area network infrastructure and managed services market.