New SDN Partnership Offers WAN Optimization as a Service in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Laura Stotler July 09, 2015

A new SDN partnership has been announced that will help optimize and accelerate networks and applications in sub-Saharan Africa. SDN Africa, which specializes in telecom software and WAN optimization, has teamed up with Aryaka, a provider of WAN as a service.

The companies plan to work together to focus on SDN technologies, including cloud access optimization, to give SDN Africa’s customers a cost-effective alternative to traditional MPLS and WAN optimization appliances. Aryaka’s WAN Optimization as a service offering will enable the service provider to instantly network customers’ branch office locations via enterprise-grade private connectivity with built-in WAN optimization. It will also give clients greater and more reliable access to a broad range of cloud services.

"Moving to cloud services, from a networking perspective -- is effectively like globalizing your business," said Brett Steingo, CEO of SDN Africa. "You suddenly have a network branch -- possibly your most important branch -- based in London or the US and you need to ensure optimal performance between that location and the rest of your users."

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SDN Africa’s customers will be connected to Aryaka’s POP in Johannesburg, enabling them to leverage a broad range of public, private and hybrid cloud services. Aryaka is also a partner with cloud IaaS leaders AWS and Microsoft Azure, bringing a host of as-a-service options into the fray. According to SDN Africa, most medium-to-large-sized enterprises in the South African market are already utilizing at least one SaaS or PaaS solution from cloud infrastructure providers like AWS, Microsoft, Google and But lack of proper networking infrastructure in the area has been a barrier to wide scale adoption, presenting issues with performance and quality.

"As cloud adoption soars in sub-Saharan Africa, and as applications continue to move outside the data center and into the cloud, enterprises need a software-defined WAN solution with cloud acceleration capabilities that can guarantee application performance and end user productivity,” said Mark Fogel, VP of global service provider alliances for Aryaka. “Our partnership with SDN Africa will enable us to expand our presence within the growing sub-Saharan market for cloud services."

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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