VMware-VeloCloud acquisition pushes VMware into SD-WAN territory
#Virtualization has moved from the server throughout the #datacenter to the #cloud. @VMware is trying to keep pace by breaking into the #SDWAN market, but it has run into a few challenges along the way. The acceptance of public cloud has sparked interest in SD-WAN offerings. In November, VMware acquired @VeloCloud Networks, an SD-WAN service provider. The VMware-VeloCloud acquisition provided VMware with a new offering to address users’ pressing network needs, and has also pushed the vendor a bit out of its comfort zone. SD-WANs have rapidly gained traction. “The enterprise WAN edge has become the focus of new architectural approaches,” said Joe Skorupa, vice president at Gartner. By the end of 2018, SD-WAN appliances and x86-based virtual customer premises equipment will be the basis of more than 40% of WAN edge infrastructures — compared to traditional routers — up from less than 2% two years ago, according to Gartner.