RingCentral has announced a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) certified partners program featuring several companies including VMware, CloudGenix, Riverbed, Cradlepoint, Windstream Enterprise and GTT Communications.
RingCentral certifies partner SD-WAN products that are optimized to seamlessly work with RingCentral’s cloud communications and collaboration solutions. Through this program, global enterprises now have a number of certified SD-WAN choices to deploy alongside RingCentral’s solutions.
With the rapid adoption of cloud-first solutions across the enterprise, businesses are increasingly shifting their business applications away from their data centers to public clouds. This shift is making legacy networking architecture quickly obsolete. This in turn is increasing the importance of SD-WAN technology and its role in enabling faster and more cost-effective enterprise deployments. SD-WAN is an ideal companion to unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solutions to deliver optimal quality of service to end users by reducing jitter, packet loss, and latency.
“SD-WAN and UCaaS are natural partners,” stated John Burke, Principal Research Analyst and CIO at Nemertes Research. “SD-WAN reduces branch network outages by 95 percent, and slashes WAN management overhead by 50 percent, according to our recent report. Together, SD-WAN and UCaaS combine to fully enable an internet-only, cloud-first agile branching strategy: They deliver robust, resilient enterprise cloud communications services anywhere, with minimal overhead and lead time.”
As certified partners of RingCentral, the above-mentioned SD-WAN vendors work seamlessly with RingCentral’s cloud communications and collaboration solutions and are preconfigured for out-of-the-box usage. This enables IT departments to support rapid location expansion and network growth, which can only be delivered through cloud solutions. For example, now the ability to go live with new locations will take a matter of days rather than months. Through direct integration with RingCentral, these partners enable businesses to deliver optimal communications performance and reliability by reducing jitter, packet loss, and latency, thus providing more stable and crisper interactions.
“RingCentral is committed to enabling businesses to take advantage of the full power of cloud solutions—and our SD-WAN partnerships reflect this strategy,” said Curtis Peterson, Senior Vice President of Cloud Operations at RingCentral. “We want to ensure that our customers have a range of industry-leading choices when deciding on their network options when they deploy RingCentral solutions. This flexibility enables customers to choose the right products for all their network needs. By building integrations with leading SD-WAN providers, our new program makes it radically simple for customers to build the network of the future, without a lot of cost or headache.”