Microsoft, VMware marry Azure Virtual WAN Hub with VMware SD-WAN

The integration of Microsoft's Virtual WAN Hub and VMware's SD-WAN is aimed at making it easier for customers to deploy widely distributed business applications.

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Microsoft and VMware have taken their well-established relationship up a notch by tying together application and network technologies to help customers support secure WAN access to critical enterprise applications.

Specifically, the companies have combined Azure Virtual WAN Hub with VMware's SD-WAN technology so that VMware's SD-WAN customers can link resources using the networking, security, and routing services in Azure WAN Hub. They announced the news at his week's Microsoft Ignite virtual conference.

Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN Hub provides optimized and automated branch connectivity to Azure services. Azure regions serve as hubs that customers connect to, and Azure Virtual WAN brings together many Azure cloud connectivity services such as site-to-site VPN, point-to-site VPN and ExpressRoute into a single operational interface, the company says.

The SD-WAN news comes on the heels of a Dell'Oro Group report that finds the worldwide SD-WAN market grew 50% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the prior year. "The combination of pent-up demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and an acceleration away from legacy technologies created a surge in SD-WAN adoption during the fourth quarter," said Shin Umeda, vice president at Dell'Oro Group.

The top five vendors – Cisco, VMware, Fortinet, Versa, and HPE/Silver Peak – accounted for almost two-thirds of SD-WAN market revenue share, Umeda stated.

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