Windstream Enterprise and VMware Continue to Accelerate SD-WAN Growth

Industry leadership and innovation fuel transformation from early adoption to mainstream

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Partnerships in the technology industry are all about synergy. Each adds something to the relationship that creates a solution that is better than the sum of its parts for the benefit of end-users. Windstream Enterprise (WE), and VMware®, a software innovator whose solutions span compute, cloud, networking, security and digital workspaces, recently celebrated three years of collaboration providing SD-WAN solutions underpinned with VeloCloud.TM.

Prior to the launch of our solution, Windstream Enterprise performed an exhaustive review and testing of SD-WAN technology providers and VeloCloud, now part of VMware, was far superior to the competitors,” said Layne Levine, president at Windstream Enterprise. “VMware’s SD-WAN offering is feature-rich with granular visibility, delivers superior application performance, and provides dynamic routing for high resiliency that enabled Windstream Enterprise to establish a market-leading position and help our customers take advantage of transformative cloud-based communications services.”

WE has also been able to further enhance its industry-leading WE Connect digital experience by leveraging VMware’s already powerful orchestration platform and combining it with their Big Data initiative to drive the WE Connect Insights Engine, providing customers with deeper knowledge of their network and applications.

As a SD-WAN leader, we have worked very closely with Windstream Enterprise to architect and provide a solution that is ideal for the needs of Windstream Enterprise’s customers,” said Sasha Emmerling, senior director, VeloCloud business unit, VMware. “The collaboration and resulting capabilities and enhancements to the overall SD-WAN product have supported Windstream’s rise as a leading SD-WAN solution provider.”

Windstream Enterprise was recently awarded the 2019 SD-WAN Service Provider of the Year for North America by MEF, the prestigious nonprofit international telecom industry consortium for its SD-WAN solution.

Arc3 Gases, with over 50 retail locations, implemented a Windstream Enterprise SD-WAN Concierge solution to alleviate their network issues of inadequate resiliency and poor application performance.

Windstream Enterprise’s SD-WAN solution has been a vital part of our business, enabling us to consolidate from multiple providers with multiple services to a single provider integrating our network, voice and security services,” said Scott Coats, director of information technology at Arc3 Gases. “And, we have a very positive relationship with the Windstream Enterprise team, and our Concierge service is highly attentive to our needs with excellent follow-through in resolving our issues.”

ABOUT WINDSTREAM

Windstream Holdings, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at windstream.com or windstreamenterprise.com. Please visit our newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream or @WindstreamBiz.

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Contacts

Sarah C. Davis, 720.529.7611

Sarah.C.Davis@windstream.com

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