Infovista has introduced a major update to its Ipanema Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) platform that delivers enhanced capabilities to its growing ecosystem of Managed Service Provider (MSP) partners, including new multi-tenancy features, and a flexible, consumption-based licensing model. The latest release offers an attractive on-ramp for both traditional channel partners and service companies considering portfolio expansion with a Managed SD-WAN offering to ultimately become an MSP.
Infovista is among the first SD-WAN vendors to offer both a true “pay as you go" model and a “flex up and down” consumption solution that permit MSPs and customers to change service tiers and capacity options without initiating a new set-term contract. The new licensing model enables self-provisioning and automated upscaling of capacity as needed, delivering maximum flexibility and agility for both the service provider and the enterprise end user.
As Kristian Thyregod, President Global Enterprise, Infovista, explains, “We work closely with our partner community to understand and deliver what they need to differentiate their own offerings and maximize margins. This update helps MSPs to better address the requirements of a growing community of end-customers that are implementing SD-WAN for the first time, in part, due to the need to tackle work-from-home issues and growing cloud and SaaS usage.”
“Driven by expectations that SD-WAN will enable lower cost via the use of the public internet, and increased flexibility and agility, there is anticipated annual growth in SD-WAN deployments of around 18% annually through 2024 according to Gartner (see “Forecast Analysis: Enterprise Network Equipment, Worldwide”). The majority of these deployments via managed services. Gartner estimates that, by 2024, managed SD-WAN adoption will have reached at least 60% of enterprise locations (see “Forecast Analysis: Enterprise Managed Communications Service Growth Trends, Worldwide”).”1
The Infovista partner community comprises over 144 managed service providers (including major Communications service providers) and system integrators across 150 countries. The new Ipanema SD-WAN release launched in February of 2021 and coincides with a recruitment drive to add additional partner capacity in certain key European markets to address increased demand.
“The new update builds upon our ‘transparent’ concept that allows the delivery of SD-WAN without the need for costly replacement or complex reconfiguration of network switches and routers,” says Thyregod. “This allows our partners to enable new services without having to expect customers to commit to major CAPEX spend, which is a significant advantage for many organizations at this financially difficult time.”
The update also features extensive integration enhancements to allow MSPs to build SD-WAN capability into value-added services. Unified Communications, remote backup and enhanced security services can easily be integrated thanks to the ability of the Ipanema SD-WAN Orchestrator to interface with Partners’ Operations Support Systems (OSS).
“We are committed to supporting the success of our channel community, which accounts for more than 95% of our SD-WAN transactions, and these changes now make it easier for our partners to deliver SD-WAN in the way that suits their own business models and the diverse needs of their respective customers,” Thyregod concludes.