CenturyLink SD-WAN
 

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WHY CENTURYLINK

Your Network, But Better

Reduce Complexity, Improve Performance – instantly better

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is the next evolution of private networking. It drives sweeping changes to an organization's ability to procure and administer a corporate network.  What’s more, SD-WAN allows branch locations to leverage bandwidth intensive applications that were previously restricted to larger hub offices.  

SD-WAN uses software to automate the ongoing configuration of edge routers and push traffic over a mix of of private, wireless and broadband network access. At a time when applications within the enterprise are exploding, SD-WAN offers a real network solution for businesses trying to keep up with the impact a highly dynamic application environment has on their network quality of service.  No brainer, right?  Not so fast.  Simply adding the SD WAN software to an existing environment doesn’t remove the complexity of legacy networks.

That’s where CenturyLink SD-WAN is different.

Our SD-WAN combines CenturyLink network design and management expertise with leading software controls and the ubiquity of any connection type or any vendor.  The result? Improved flexibility through greater bandwidth that delivers increased visibility into network usage and vastly simplified control.  

SD-WAN allows you to:

  • Add new locations without a lengthy deployment window
  • Optimize bandwidth by reducing reliance on private MPLS links
  • Support bandwidth intensive applications and workloads
  • Increase security through encrypted WAN traffic, greater traffic visibility and segmented network workloads
  • Reduce complexity & maintenance with simplified remote office CPE requirements and fewer site visits
  • Align network services to user and application needs while gaining visibility into network use

Digital Transformation Demands a New Network Strategy

The network is at the heart of your digital transformation. Build a hybrid network strategy that simplifies management and boosts agility.

Learn how Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) works to improve hybrid network performance and security.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

SD-WAN

A quantum leap in private networking that combines security, everywhere availability and performance optimization over any network type.  

SD-WAN should be more than a software toolset. That’s why CenturyLink designed our SD-WAN solution as a prebuilt, infrastructure-aggregating component that sits on top of your network software. It provides zero-touch provisioning, automated configuration and centralized management based on programmable DevOps-ready interfaces and APIs. It gathers everything from a robust management portal to ubiquitous network access from any provider into a complete solution.

CenturyLink SD-WAN also solves the complexity of managing and supporting WAN for remote locations while decreasing provisioning times and increasing branch availability. With it, you can effectively manage policies and analyze performance while CenturyLink handles everything else.

When you implement our SD-WAN solution, CenturyLink will:

  • Build, manage, and scale your infrastructure
  • Provide all network components (hardware, licenses, connectivity)
  • Troubleshoot any network issues
  • Performance tune each network
  • Enforce security
  • Configure features (as needed)

CenturyLink SD-WAN lays the cornerstone for robust, repeatable and cost effective network access, which helps your business respond efficiently to:

Internet of Things
Soon, connected devices will outnumber human users of the Internet, which means that business will likely need to deploy a variety of access methods from broadband to wireless.

Site based Applications & Shadow IT
As groups within your business deploy new applications and capabilities, bandwidth accessibility becomes a critical piece of ensuring performance criteria is not impacted.

US Businesses with International Footprints
With remote locations where Internet is available, but MPLS services are cost prohibitive because of the backhaul required.

Test Drive CenturyLink SD-WAN with No Obligation

See how CenturyLink SD-WAN can make your network instantly better with a no-commitment 90-day trial run.

90-day Trial Offer: Requires signed trial agreement. Qualifying business customers only. Services not available everywhere. CenturyLink may change, cancel, or substitute offers and services, or vary them by service area at its sole discretion without notice. Additional restrictions apply.  See trial agreement for full offer terms and conditions. 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Make Any Network Instantly Better

CenturyLink SD-WAN gives you scalable interconnectivity with simplified administration and more control.

Our SD-WAN service includes a simple performance dashboard that allows you to set policy and analyze performance across your entire network. Segment and push policies directly to any site, conduct BGP route reflection and collect event information on any combination of broadband, LTE or MPLS—all without having to touch your network or manage more than you want.

SD-WAN Package Options

Both PRIVATE and PREMIUM SD-WAN packages include the following extras:

Plug and Play Solutions for Every Site

Flexible Provisioning & Management
CenturyLink can provision and manage all connectivity, including broadband, or customer can supply their own connection.

Routing & App Sharing
Gateways between MPLS and SD-WAN allow routing and application sharing by sites connected under virtually any method. Because CenturyLink is an MPLS provider, we understand the challenges of migrating to newer technologies and how to make “dual environments” work.

Customer Admin Options
Co-management allows full customer control, if desired. This includes the ability to assign different administrator levels or allow company divisions to manage their own portion of the corporate infrastructure.

Advanced Analytics
Detailed analytics standard with all packages.

Performance Tuning
Ongoing performance tuning to help ensure that applications work as expected.

Private

All Private packages include:

  • Site equipment
  • Software licenses
  • Management portal
  • Use of infrastructure controllers
  • Zero touch installation
  • Ongoing configuration assistance
  • Standard reporting package
Premium

Includes all Private package features as well as:

  • Secure internet access at each site
  • Groups and zones
  • Ability to chain service requests
  • Detailed analytics
  • Performance tuning
  • Wireless backup (available as a redundant connectivity option)
Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Solutions

Take advantage of CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Solutions for complete multi-site business connectivity packages that include network, equipment, and management—all for a predictable monthly rate per site. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Features

Platform Provider

  • Versa Networks

Site Equipment

  • SD-WAN X86 CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) SD-WAN management software bundled

Connection Type

  • Low cost Internet + LTE options

Speeds

  • 10 Mbps – 1 Gbps
  • Data Plans to 30G

(Some speeds may not be available in your area.)

Features

  • Zero touch install
  • Encryption
  • Intelligent Path Optimization
  • Application Optimization
  • Analytics/Reporting

Optional Features

  • Uptime SLAs, Compression, Firewall, URL filtering, Malware/virus, IDS/IPS as available from vendor

SD-WAN PARTNER
Versa Networks is the software technology that enables CenturyLink to build a private network over any type of connectivity. Versa also acts as a management and analytics platform that allows customers to define and manage their networks in real time.

About Versa’s platform

  • Built specifically for SD-WAN networks
  • Scalable to 10,000+ locations
  • Supports Multi-Tenant Environment
  • Shared infrastructure & costs
  • Developed by team who coded JunOS for Juniper MX
  • Detailed Analytics Standard

Improve performance & security

  • The Versa platform automatically identifies over 2500 applications and assigns the appropriate WAN access technology based on business policies.  The result is better application performance and lower overall WAN costs
  • For stronger branch security, additional security functions can be applied to traffic using direct Internet access, while MPLS traffic may not require it

Lower TCO

  • Through virtualized appliance capabilities, businesses can slash infrastructure Capex spend.
  • Businesses are able to lower their Opex by reducing or eliminating branch office truck rolls, shortening help desk and troubleshooting time, and easily integrating new services into existing deployments.  Usage-based pricing ensures customers only pay for what they use.

IT agility - deploy in hours vs. weeks

  • Versa enables customers to roll out large-scale SD-WAN and branch security deployments quickly and without complex or proprietary hardware.
  • As a result, new deployments can be designed and validated in days.  Network IT teams can adopt an agile, software-based DevOps model and remove the provisioning time and hardware dependency of traditional WAN and security architectures.

Simplify support & operations

  • With zero-touch provisioning and centralized management, IT teams can significantly reduce the time required to manage networking and security services at the branch
  • In addition, Versa Analytics ‘big data’ analytics software provides customers with deep visibility and real-time intelligence into all networking and security functions to further simplify ongoing operations.

ARCHITECTURE

CenturyLink SD-WAN Configurations and Uses

SD-WAN as a Full MPLS Replacement

MPLS as a Primary and SD-WAN as a Backup

Hybrid: Mixture of MPLS and SD-WAN

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