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Globe Telecom launches SD-WAN technology

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GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. on Tuesday launched its Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), a cloud-based technology aimed at businesses with multiple locations.

The Ayala-led telco said in a statement that SD-WAN utilizes a plug-and-play device using cloud-based technology that can be easily installed and configured as long as there is fixed broadband connectivity.

Globe SD-WAN complements a company’s existing Wide Area Network (WAN) and Internet Protocol — Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) connections. Companies can also apply automated rerouting of traffic across the most efficient routes and connections.

“This is best suited for companies that have multiple locations. It facilitates the way you provide and manage connectivity to different locations,” Albert M. de Larrazabal, Globe chief commercial officer, told reporters during the launch event.

With the new technology, Globe said banks can run real-time applications and transactions on multiple connections to their branches and ATMs that leverage on an intelligent system. If a link fails, applications on bank transactions and operations will continue to run using available bandwidth in the other connections.

Companies can also re-route to SD-WAN non-mission critical activities including video conferencing calls, and e-mails.

Globe Senior Vice-President for Enterprise Group Peter Maquera is optimistic on the appetite of clients for the technology.

“We’re expecting a pretty good take up because it’s a proven technology,” Mr. Maquera told reporters.     

Globe recorded P15.08 billion in net income last year, down 5% from 2016. — P.P.C. Marcelo