BELMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, today announced a new software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) certified partners program with several industry-leading providers, including VMware, CloudGenix, Riverbed, Cradlepoint, Windstream Enterprise, and GTT Communications. RingCentral certifies partner SD-WAN products that are optimized to seamlessly work with RingCentral’s cloud communications and collaboration solutions. Through this program, global enterprises now have a number of certified SD-WAN choices to deploy alongside RingCentral’s solutions.
With the rapid adoption of cloud-first solutions across the enterprise, businesses are increasingly shifting their business applications away from their data centers to public clouds. This shift is making legacy networking architecture quickly obsolete. This in turn is increasing the importance of SD-WAN technology and its role in enabling faster and more cost-effective enterprise deployments. SD-WAN is an ideal companion to unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solutions to deliver optimal quality of service to end users by reducing jitter, packet loss, and latency.
“SD-WAN and UCaaS are natural partners,” notes John Burke, Principal Research Analyst and CIO at Nemertes Research. “SD-WAN reduces branch network outages by 95%, and slashes WAN management overhead by 50%, according to our recent report. Together, SD-WAN and UCaaS combine to fully enable an internet-only, cloud-first agile branching strategy: They deliver robust, resilient enterprise cloud communications services anywhere, with minimal overhead and lead time.”
As certified partners of RingCentral, the SD-WAN vendors announced today work seamlessly with RingCentral’s cloud communications and collaboration solutions and are preconfigured for out-of-the-box usage. This enables IT departments to support rapid location expansion and network growth, which can only be delivered through cloud solutions. For example, now the ability to go live with new locations will take a matter of days rather than months. Through direct integration with RingCentral, these partners enable businesses to deliver optimal communications performance and reliability by reducing jitter, packet loss, and latency, thus providing more stable and crisper interactions.
“RingCentral is committed to enabling businesses to take advantage of the full power of cloud solutions—and our SD-WAN partnerships reflect this strategy,” said Curtis Peterson, Senior Vice President of Cloud Operations at RingCentral. “We want to ensure that our customers have a range of industry-leading choices when deciding on their network options when they deploy RingCentral solutions. This flexibility enables customers to choose the right products for all their network needs. By building integrations with leading SD-WAN providers, our new program makes it radically simple for customers to build the network of the future, without a lot of cost or headache.”
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“Unified communications is a critical and important use case for VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud. NSX SD-WAN provides a complete cloud-delivered WAN solution for customers to take advantage of unified communications services over any WAN network with performance, visibility and remote monitoring.”
-Steve Woo, Senior Director of Product, VeloCloud Business Unit, VMware
“Collaboration is fundamental to productivity, and as such, is considered a service that must work and must work well. By taking advantage of both the CloudGenix and RingCentral platforms concurrently, customers are able to provide the best possible experience for collaboration, integrate direct internet in the branch with security for better cost metrics and performance, confidently integrate cloud and SaaS applications, and improve WAN manageability and availability.”
-Joel Christner, Senior Director of Marketing, CloudGenix
“While cloud adoption has become mission-critical, enterprises are struggling to reach the full potential of the cloud due to limitations of legacy networks. As a result, businesses are transitioning to a new software-defined approach to networking in order to become more agile, maximize digital performance and ultimately, reach their cloud and digital goals faster. Riverbed SteelConnect is an innovative SD-WAN solution that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire distributed network fabric. Interoperability between Riverbed SteelConnect and RingCentral will enable better performance for unified cloud communications at a lower cost and improved agility, offering an attractive value proposition for enterprise customers."
-Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Riverbed’s Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit
“Like other modern, cloud-enabled IT infrastructures, UCaaS demands a non-stop WAN edge with direct Internet access at each remote site, which SD-WAN plus 4G LTE uniquely delivers. Cradlepoint is proud to partner with RingCentral. Together, we make it easy for customers to integrate UCaaS solutions into their SD-WAN deployments and benefit from the extended reach and reliability of 4G LTE today with a pathway to 5G in the future.”
-Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer, Cradlepoint
“Windstream’s fully managed SD-WAN service is designed to ensure optimal performance and real-time control of all mission-critical cloud applications, including cloud communications. We look forward to leveraging our extensive experience in managing integrated SD-WAN and cloud communication solutions, helping business customers improve employee productivity, collaboration and the customer experience.”
-Mike Frane, Vice President of Product Management, Windstream Enterprise
“Being recognized as a certified partner for RingCentral allows GTT to act as an extension of RingCentral’s account teams to quickly and reliably connect RingCentral customers to the cloud. Achieving this partnership status also allows us to bring our SD-WAN service to a broader scope of customers that will benefit from more agile networking capabilities for cloud applications.”
-Joseph Offshack, Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales, GTT Communications
RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG) is a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premises systems, RingCentral empowers today’s mobile and distributed workforce to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere, on any device. RingCentral unifies voice, video, team messaging and collaboration, conferencing, online meetings, and integrated contact center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading business apps and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
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