Colt named as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave for SD WAN Services

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Colt Technology Services has been named as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Software-Defined WAN Services, Q4 2020.

The Forrester Wave evaluates SD WAN service providers, identifies the 10 most significant ones and ranks them to see how each provider measures up.

In this new report, Forrester states that “Colt Technology Services has a strong roadmap that compliments a robust offering” as well as its vast presence in Europe.

Since its launch in 2016, Colt SD WAN has led the way in innovation in managed WAN services. Combining the scale and reach of the Colt IQ Network with an expansive set of features, Colt continues to grow its market-leading solution, enabling customers to accelerate their digital transformation and embrace change.

Seeing SD WAN as a way to unlock additional value from your network, Colt’s SD WAN 2.0 experience enables customers to react rapidly to change, secure and control their network, and provide a seamless and disruption-free user experience. With SD WAN 2.0, Colt supports advanced features such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning network insights, integrated network security and VoIP optimisation and support for IPv6.

A recent example of Colt’s SD WAN advancements is the launch of SD WAN Multi-Cloud in June, which supports AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud and other cloud service providers. SD WAN Multi-Cloud enables customers to leverage a single connection to reach multiple Cloud Service Providers over SD WAN, ensuring enhanced security, agility and latency compared with connecting via the public internet.

Commenting on Colt’s inclusion in The Forrester Wave, Colt’s Vice President Product Portfolio, Peter Coppens said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have our SD WAN offering included in this Forrester Wave. Since 2016, we have been investing in our SD WAN proposition, which sees it today being the backbone for critical business offerings such as Multi-Cloud connectivity.

“As the global environment dramatically changed this year, SD WAN was one of the key technologies that enabled us to keep our customers connected and serving their customers and communities. We’re proud of our offering and future roadmap, and we believe it will continue to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity.”

When it comes to the key differentiators between service providers, Forrester identified flexible, cloudlike service models that mask the complexity of underlays and switching will determine which providers lead the pack. It also noted that vendors that can provide a breadth of product and services, management tools, and security services while demonstrating a strong roadmap are what positions them to be successful in serving strategic partners to enterprise customers.

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