Korea Telecom and HPE Aruba Team Up for Affordable Global SD-WAN

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  January 08, 2024

Software-defined Wide Area Network, or SD-WAN, technology changed the way businesses connect their geographically dispersed locations. Traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching networks, while reliable, can be expensive and inflexible. SD-WAN, on the other hand, offers a dynamic and intelligent approach to network management.

By intelligently routing traffic across multiple internet connections, including broadband, LTE (News - Alert) and MPLS, SD-WAN optimizes performance, improves application responsiveness and reduces costs. This makes it ideal for enterprises with branch offices, remote workers, and cloud-based applications.

Korea Telecom, a South Korean telecommunications provider, recognized the potential of SD-WAN to enhance its service offerings. Therefore, KT (News - Alert) chose HPE Aruba Networking’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform.

By partnering with HPE Aruba, KT gains access to a robust and feature-rich SD-WAN platform that integrates seamlessly with AWS Cloud WAN. This combination provides several key benefits for KT’s customers.

Businesses can enjoy improved application performance and reduced latency, regardless of their location. AWS Cloud WAN simplifies the process of connecting on-premises networks to the cloud, enabling businesses to leverage the scalability and agility of cloud-based services.

SD-WAN can help businesses reduce their network costs by utilizing lower-cost internet connections while still maintaining high performance. Additionally, the centralized management capabilities of HPE Aruba’s EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform make it easier for IT teams to manage and monitor their networks.

“Having insights into network performance and end-user experience becomes a powerful tool for enterprises that are managing globally distributed SD-WAN deployments,” said Sang-Ki Lee, Executive Vice President, KT Global Telecom DX Business Department. “Our partnership with HPE will allow our customers to adapt to changing business needs by delivering maximum network and application performance from the edge to the cloud.”

This partnership extends beyond the borders of South Korea. HPE Aruba and KT are collaborating to offer this globally managed SD-WAN service to businesses worldwide. This opens possibilities for enterprises with international operations, allowing them to connect their global locations seamlessly and efficiently.

“A modernized network is the backbone for powering next-generation digital experiences,” said Phil Mottram, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HPE Aruba Networking. “KT can leverage the HPE Aruba Networking EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform to expand its services to customers and locations in other regions outside of South Korea and APJ, providing best-in-class performance optimization, cloud onramp and operational capabilities for campus, branch, WAN and remote workers.”

Edited by Alex Passett
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