GTT has launched its managed SD-WAN service, expanding the breadth of its growing cloud networking services line for its enterprise business customer base.
What GTT can bring to the SD-WAN game is its large array of network service options. The service provider has more than 50,000 locations equipped with some form of broadband access service that it integrates into its global network backbone on behalf of its business customers.
GTT can offer its customers an array of internet services that range from high-capacity IP transit, dedicated internet access (DIA) to broadband internet and broadband wireless services to accommodate lower speed locations and branch offices.
Building on its success in delivering hybrid WAN services, GTT Managed SD-WAN service will utilize VeloCloud’s Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN technology.
Besides offering an array of connectivity options supplied over its own network and its large base of broadband partners, GTT’s business customers will be able to get a host of network tools.
These tools include dynamic bandwidth management, optimized application performance and the ability to integrate network technologies into the corporate WAN. GTT said that the SD-WAN service will also simplify network control, especially for branch locations, driving greater efficiencies in enterprise WAN management.
Although GTT is a relatively new player in the crowded SD-WAN space, the service effectively builds off services it already provides such as premise-based firewalls, network-based firewalls and premise-based router services.
Rick Calder, CEO of GTT, told investors during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call that because it is an insurgent player, unlike incumbent telcos AT&T and Verizon, it does not have a large MPLS base it has to protect.
“MPLS has been a relatively smaller part of our portfolio,” Calder said. “If SD-WAN is the so-called killer of high-cost MPLS, we have less exposure to that and much more to gain by attacking the incumbents.”