BT Launches SD-WAN Service Helping Businesses Drive Digital Transformation
BT Agile Connect brings next generation control, agility and cost efficiency to enterprise networks
BT has launched the BT Agile Connect, a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service created for large organisations.
Customers using this new service will benefit from far greater control and understanding of their infrastructure and traffic flows, a much faster, simpler and more secure way of setting up new sites, reduced network complexity and lower costs.
Agile Connect is built on technologies from BT and Nuage Networks from Nokia, while benefiting from the security and resiliency of BT’s global network infrastructure. Agile Connect equipment is currently live within the networks of several large global organisations and is now ready for volume deployment for existing and new customers.
Agile Connect uses software-defined networking (SDN) on a national or global scale to dynamically determine the most effective route for traffic to take across a customer’s wide area network. Its dynamic routing allows organisations to meet bandwidth demand by making it significantly easier to introduce new access services to their network or by making better use of what previously were back-up connections. It also ensures that traffic from high-priority business applications always takes the best performing route.
Customers prioritise applications or manage use of access services via an interactive portal. They also gain an improved visibility of application performance. Changes are implemented centrally without the need for expensive local technical support.
Agile Connect includes a BT pre-built controller infrastructure hosted on the internet and on BT's multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network. It also uses BT pre-built MPLS Internet gateways to offer simple cloud-based connectivity between Internet-connected and MPLS-connected sites. It benefits from BT’s investments in the security of both the controller and gateway infrastructure.
Together, these features save customers from having to undertake time-consuming and costly design, delivery and on-going maintenance of interconnection gateways, controllers, security and monitoring systems critical to the performance of an SD-WAN.
For customers looking to extend their digital transformation programmes organisation-wide or grow their global reach, Agile Connect provides the ideal branch solution, with fast, secure deployment and the ability to meet the ever increasing bandwidth demands of complex applications. Through a simple touch-control interface on the self-service portal, customers can now set up new sites in minutes rather than months without costly, on-location, technical support.
The service can also be used to aggregate network connections, bringing together services from different providers and different network types. This feature is particularly valuable for companies integrating networks following a merger or acquisition.