Saicom Becomes First VeloCloud Registered Partner in South Africa to Provide SD-WAN Services

Saicom to Offer VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN to Enable Enterprise-Grade Wide Area Networks with Elastic Transport, Application Performance and Zero-Touch Deployment

Johannesburg, South Africa, March 31, 2016 – Saicom, a market leader in the telecoms industry, today announced a partnership with VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, enabling Saicom customers to support application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications.

Today’s distributed organizations struggle with application performance and wide area network (WAN) complexity in their branch offices.  Saicom chose VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN technology based on the unique combination of VeloCloud Dynamic Multipath Optimisation, on-demand remediation across network connections, true multi-tenancy and zero touch deployment. VeloCloud also enables bandwidth on-demand, direct and optimal access to cloud-based applications, and simplified service deployment.

“We are excited to announce that we have selected VeloCloud as our exclusive SD-WAN vendor”, says Greg de Chasteauneuf, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Saicom Voice Services. “We invested eight months evaluating all the players in the SD-WAN space and decided that VeloCloud was a perfect fit for us and our clients”.

VeloCloud Networks also recently closed $27 million in Series C financing led by venture fund March Capital Partners and including an investment from Cisco Investments along with follow on investments from previous investors.

Businesses are encountering challenges advancing key data strategies as application rollouts are inhibited by expensive bandwidth, branch deployments are delayed by IT complexity and cloud services migration is limited due to existing static network architectures.

Saicom’s partnership with VeloCloud gives customers the confidence to reconsider their existing rigid MPLS VPN networks which are more expensive than Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN.  By working with Saicom, organizations now have access to a solution which enables interoperability with and migration from expensive MPLS VPN networks to a cheaper and easier to deploy SD-WAN network which takes advantage of broadband Internet.

“The strategy for companies to migrate data to the cloud is disrupting the WAN as we know it” says de Chasteauneuf.

Saicom enables organizations to overcome the challenges of restrictive application rollouts, delays in branch deployments and cloud migration which are all hindered by traditional static architectures.  Saicom achieves this with flexible connectivity choices (a combination of inexpensive broadband and MPLS circuits into a single edge device) combined with VeloCloud Dynamic Multi-Path Optimisation.  This creates a transport agnostic network with strong features including continuous monitoring, dynamic application steering and on-demand remediation.

VeloCloud business policy configuration enables simple one-click cloud and on-premise service insertion, automatic application recognition, network-wide quality of experience, and the elimination complex network configurations.

“VeloCloud’s leading technology in SD-WAN coupled with Saicom’s position as market leader in VoIP, Cloud PBX and ISP services, means any enterprise employing our services will be in the most capable hands”, says de Chasteauneuf.

Today Saicom is one of the largest VoIP providers in South Africa and one of the most respected, alternate Telecommunications companies in the country. Saicom has moved beyond VoIP to include Cloud PBX, Cloud Call Centre, Hosting, Connectivity and with the addition of VeloCloud, it is the ideal solution for businesses who need to consolidate all their communications.

About Saicom

Saicom, a market leader in the telecoms industry, delivers reliable communications solutions using cloud-based services with a focus on large scale telephony systems for corporations, VoIP operators and international Telco carriers across South Africa and the African continent.  Founded in 2006, Saicom is the preferred partner for many of South Africa’s top 300 companies including government departments, municipalities, financial institutions, call centres and corporations.


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