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Overview

It can be tricky to know how your key applications are performing. 

And evolving your infrastructure through digitalisation and the addition of more cloud services can make it worse. It’s easy to end up with blind-spots and inefficiencies.  

You could be losing around 2.6 per cent of your annual revenues due to lost productivity from slow-running applications and downtime.

What if you had end-to-end visibility of your IT estate and could see the performance, health and bandwidth demands of all applications running across your network, regardless of geography or supplier?

We partner with the best application service specialists in the market, such as Riverbed and InfoVista, providing acceleration and network intelligence services, as well as SD-WAN-style routing.

Or, we can provide control and visibility through a simple portal with an SD-WAN solution. And unique to us is Service Intelligence which gives you end-to-end visibility across your whole estate, helping you minimise operational downtime.

Each approach has different benefits, but all of them  are delivered with a strong management wrap and are built on a network that gives you the performance you need.

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What is VMware SD-WAN?

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Recent events have transformed how businesses work and think, driving fundamental change in what their networks need to deliver. Most organisations need an agile network that can evolve at speed and scale, and cope with a complex backdrop of changing business models and customer needs, optimising and securing user experiences across all locations – from the corporate office to the home office, data centre to the cloud.

VMware SD-WAN combines market leading technology, BT’s world-class network portfolio, and extensive infrastructure and experience to deliver flexible, agile, scalable, and secure networking to support a more flexible workforce.

With VMware SD-WAN at the heart of your network, you can support new application growth, achieve IT and network agility, simplify WAN operations, and optimise access from branch to cloud and SaaS applications.

Why invest in VMware SD-WAN?

BT and VMware: industry leading SD-WAN

Our partnership with VMware makes it quick and easy to connect with public clouds like AWS* and Azure, using their unique cloud gateway infrastructure. And with the VMware SASE Platform, a fully cloud-native secure access service edge platform, you can get all the benefits of public cloud with scalable security services, including SD-WAN** gateway, secure remote access, and next generation cloud firewall, managed through a single solution.

Benefits like application aware routing mean you can prioritise performance for those that need it most. And VMware Secure Access Service Edge Platform lets you protect your users against emerging security threats, delivering the most optimal and secure cloud application access experience no matter where your users or applications are located.

With simple to deploy, cost-effective edge devices, VMware SD-WAN supports the evolving needs of your changing workforce. And, as part of our fully managed service, we’ll take care of everything for you from set-up to maintenance.

VMware SD-WAN  features:

We’re committed to delivering the best SD-WAN solutions* on the market. VMware SD-WAN features include:

  • A fully-managed solution – We’ll take care of everything from set-up to maintenance, leaving you free to focus on business-critical tasks
  • Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO) – With VMware’s Dynamic Multipath Optimization technology, we ensure optimal SD-WAN performance for even the most demanding applications
  • End-to-end visibility – Using VMware’s centralised orchestration and automation, we simplify end-user device management and provide complete visibility so you can demonstrate the benefits of your investment to key stakeholders and customers
  • Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) – Our range of VNFs, including next-generation firewalls, optimisers, and accelerators, complement our solution to optimise and secure connectivity and performance – including for home workers
  • VMware SASE Platform – We can extend security boundaries beyond your data centre and cloud to applications and users, minimising the attack service and protecting users, networks, applications, and data against threats

VMware SD-WAN benefits:

What benefits will VMware SD-WAN bring to your business?

  • SD-WAN your way – Our service is optimised to meet your needs and we have experience maximising outcomes for businesses in all sectors
  • Support for the cloud – We help with visibility and performance as you migrate to the cloud. And unlike other SD-WAN offerings, VMware’s unique cloud gateway infrastructure is situated in the same locations as main cloud providers including AWS, Azure, and Google – so it’s quick and easy to on-board
  • Greater edge security – We make your security work with SD-WAN, whatever your strategy. VMware’s technology works seamlessly along all third-party security vendors
  • Support for home workers – VMware makes it easy to extend SD-WAN benefits to home workers, giving them the same experience as if they were in the office

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Take the guesswork out of your network.  Get a complete view of application performance and end user experience, no matter where they log in from.

Thinking of digital transformation?  Like Cloud migration, SD-WAN and need to measure before and after, then VaaS has your back.

VaaS goes further than standard tools and spans all of your complex infrastructure, giving detailed digital monitoring down to end user devices. And that means your IT teams can quickly understand and resolve problems without finger-pointing.  VaaS technology is agile, securely hosted with simple price per user commercials so you can start low and grow.

It gives a single portal for all your network infrastructure, not just parts of it, so you can evolve your business with understanding.

VaaS addresses common challenges like:

  •  Visibility of user issues that have not been reported to service teams
  •  Too much time spent validating user reports
  •  Spiralling costs of hardware and software licensing
  •  Guesstimating the impact change has on the business
  •  Articulating the value that IT brings to your business.

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As a digital business, your network needs the right technology to enable it to be flexible, secure and agile.

You also need to integrate the old with the new, all while controlling spend. We can help you achieve this.

First we define your desired business outcomes and uncover the true state of your IT infrastructure to make informed decisions, based on fact.

We can then help you understand the benefits of a future networking strategy so that together we create a vision for the future and a transformation roadmap.

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What is Agile Connect Nuage SD-WAN?

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In a world of change you need a dynamic network to rely on. Most businesses need a flexible and agile network that can evolve at speed and scale. All user experiences (UX) must be optimised and secured, from the corporate office to home office, data centre, branch, and cloud.

Agile Connect is our unique SD-WAN solution*, combining Nokia’s Nuage Networks technology with BT’s expertise to help global businesses deliver consistently great UX, managed centrally.

It’s unique to us because it’s built on and integrated into our global network, plus it’s controlled through our portal - the same portal you can use to control your wider network services. It comes with pre-built regional gateways, hub connectivity, and added security including protection against cyber-attacks. You can control the service yourself or we can control it for you.

How does Agile Connect Nuage SD-WAN work? 

BT and Nuage fit the bill for complex, multinational enterprises.

The Nuage Networks technology creates an intelligent end-to-end network fabric, overlayed onto BT’s WAN, to connect all workloads through a single platform. It’s also embedded in our network service gateways, extending all the performance and cost benefits to the home-worker.

Our choice of right-sized, cost-efficient SD-WAN devices can be deployed anywhere, with consistent visibility and policy control, helping you provide more flexible return-to-office or home-working options, and future-proofing your business against disruption.

Our service also makes network governance easier, enabling customised and consistently applied security policies – and you can ensure home-workers are subject to the same security protocols as if they were in the office. You can also securely segment your network from within its perimeter by using micro-segmentation across devices and applications, protecting from within and enhancing security even further.

Agile Connect Nuage SD-WAN features:

We’re committed to delivering the best SD-WAN solutions* on the market. Agile Connect Nuage SD-WAN features include:

  • Seamless network performance – Give executives the performance they expect. No more screen freezes on company-side broadcasts!
  • Secure access – Give knowledge workers optimised and secure access to information to do their jobs
  • Home worker support – Extend visibility and performance to remote workers, giving them the speed to access public cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and a secured connection to privately hosted IT systems
  • Simplified transformation – Understand where to use internet services and where to keep MPLS to reduce costs and control bandwidth
  • Minimised risk of downtime – Our experts will judge how quickly to transform, migrating only some or key sites at a time

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What is Connect Cisco SD-WAN?

Making sophisticated, global networks easier to monitor, manage and become more agile.

As your network adapts to meet new demands it’s easy to be overwhelmed by managing and maintaining it. Not to mention the challenge of ever-increasing data traffic and security threats. We’ve created a simple way to give your key sites and people the connections they need to support them in a more dynamic global marketplace.

Connect Cisco SD-WAN is a managed SD-WAN solution* for global networks with sophisticated requirements. It’s the ideal choice as you migrate towards a software-enabled service. We’ve developed a centrally managed, cloud-hosted, and software-defined network overlay solution using Cisco vEdge hardware and licences. It comes with best-of-breed reporting built in so you can see exactly what’s happening across your network and applications.

Because it’s a fully managed service, making changes to application routing is easy – we can take care of everything from installation and configuration to monitoring.

How does Connect Cisco SD-WAN work? 

Designed with complex global networks in mind.

Coping with ever-increasing data from a complex set of applications while managing a hybrid WAN across a mix of site types is a challenge. So we’ve created a simple solution with advanced features built on our evolving dynamic network, and with the right support to make it a success.

Connect Cisco SD-WAN is agile enough to work across a range of internet and network services, giving you the ability to adapt quickly to meet new challenges and opportunities.

It comes with the vManage reporting system – an online view of all your services – for real-time monitoring and troubleshooting. And if you really want to get to the bottom of what’s going on in your network, our LiveAction service takes analytics to the next level. You’ll get real insight into your network performance to help you make informed decisions on configuration, applications, and data traffic management.

Security is built-in and you’ll get 2,500 security experts and 14 operation centres as backup.

Connect Cisco SD-WAN features:

We’re committed to delivering the best SD-WAN solutions on the market. Connect Cisco SD-WAN features include:

  • Manage reporting system – An online view of all your services for real-time monitoring and troubleshooting
  • LiveAction analytics – Network performance insight to help you make informed decisions
  • Hybrid underlay – We’ll build your secure SD-WAN on our hybrid underlay networks for intelligent traffic routing and improved application performance
  • SD-WAN Centre of Excellence (CoE) delivery – Our CoE team combine industry knowledge with local expertise to bring you fast, simple, and secure deployment

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What is Cloud Connect Edge NFV solutions?

Cloud Connect Edge NFV lets you deploy new network services quicker and easier to become a more agile business.

Global businesses today need intuitive networks that deliver the scale, intelligence, and security necessary to power the world’s most dynamic business applications. We’re at the forefront of this development and have the expertise, service, security, and experience to ensure a successful solution.

Cloud Connect Edge network functions virtualisation combines the strengths of Cisco’s ENCS platform with our global service management, design capability, security solutions, and support. We’ve created an infrastructure that lets you deploy industry standard virtual network functions or bring your own, giving you the ultimate flexibility to create your own solution.

Transformation from a hardware-based branch network to a virtual branch network is not only a question of technology, but also one of network evolution and transformation. As a leading network service provider, we have decades of experience in managing transformation at a local and global level.

How does Cloud Connect Edge work? 

An open, global platform, built and delivered by experts

Cloud Connect Edge lets you virtualise your own functions and add to leading solutions like Checkpoint, Infovista, and Riverbed. These are deployed on your edge device and you can choose from a range of Cisco ENCS for your different site types.

The delivery of virtual network functions offers a hugely exciting opportunity to add new levels of flexibility and agility into your Dynamic Network Service. Cloud Connect Edge offers a range of industry standard virtual network functions - and we don’t just offer the VNF. We offer the virtualised version of the managed solution from BT. That means that you get 24/7 support, consultancy, and the benefit of our years of deployment experience.

We have the global capability you need to deploy and support your solution, and the experts in our Centre of Excellence are on hand to step in when needed. Combined with our wider network portfolio, we have everything you need for a complete solution, from the core network to a managed security wrap.

Cloud Connect Edge features:

We’re committed to delivering the best hybrid cloud solutions on the market. Private Cloud features include:

  • Connect Edge – A new virtualised customer premises equipment (vCPE) service based on Cisco’s Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS)
  • “Bring your own” VNF – You can use your own virtual network functions to create a truly unique solution that works for you
  • Leading solutions – You’ll access an ecosystem of accredited partners such as Cisco, Infovista, Riverbed, Checkpoint, and Fortinet
  • Centre of Excellence support – Experts in are CoE are on-hand to step in when you need

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As more networks, devices, users and clouds are added to your organisation it’s more difficult to paint a single and complete picture of how your IT is working.  Where does your network need some fine-tuning and where does it need an overhaul?

Our Connect Intelligence services include:

  • full application landscape and underlay (e.g Internet) visibility
  • complete user experience monitoring for home and office workers
  • faster responses for key apps like O365 and Salesforce – up to 10 x faster
  • reduced data transmission across the network (up to 90%).

Our partners bring the technology, like Riverbed, Cisco (AppD and ThousandEyes), offering software and cloud-based solutions, and we’ll implement and manage the experience with you on flexible start slow and grow, commercial models. Using our experts to make sure your infrastructure is ready for your next business challenge.

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