Product Capabilities

VMware SD-WAN enables bandwidth expansion, provides direct optimal access to cloud-based applications, and enables virtual services integration in cloud and on premise while dramatically improving operational automation.

Learn more in our recorded webinar, “SD-WAN for Public and Private Clouds.”

Performance & Reliability

The VMware SD-WAN solution enables economical expansion of bandwidth with enterprise-grade performance needed for the most critical and demanding applications.

VMware SD-WAN Dynamic Multipath OptimizationTM

Aggregate broadband Internet, 4G-LTE, and MPLS circuits with application-aware per-packet link steering and on-demand remediation to achieve optimal performance for demanding, real-time voice and video over any transport.

Bandwidth Elasticity

Economically increase bandwidth by aggregating WAN circuits of any type, providing faster response even for single application flows. Virtualization and automated configuration enables bandwidth elasticity and provider flexibility.

Enterprise Reliability

Active-active mechanism based on link performance provides protection against blackouts and brownouts with sub-second failover. Provider and physical link diversity ensures high availability.

Cloud Application Quality

Direct yet optimized branch-to-cloud application performance is enabled with the SD-WAN overlay to distributed gateway services throughout the cloud.

Network of Clouds

VMware SD-WAN delivers optimal, secure, and automated access to destination clouds such as IaaS, SaaS, UCaaS, and more using its cloud-delivered network and the Network of Cloud Services to dynamically sequence cloud services, including application, security, mid-mile, and analytics. 

Hyperscale Cloud

VMware SD-WAN is a hyperscale global network of multitenant cloud gateways and orchestrators in more than one hundred POPs operated by VMware and its telco partners. VMware SD-WAN Gateways are located in low latency proximity to all major cloud data centers. Automation enables single-click access to IaaS, SaaS, and security clouds. Integrated access to major service provider backbones further extends the degree of scale. 

Unique Cloud Architecture

VMware SD-WAN multitenant cloud gateways and orchestrators are built for cloud service delivery. Cloud gateways leverage elastic cloud and virtualization technologies. A multi-tier, multitenant management portal allows for co-management by telcos, MSPs, and enterprise network administrators.

Availability and Security

VMware SD-WAN has 99.99% availability and is the first SD-WAN solution to offer PCI certification. It provides end-to-end security with flexible deployment choices whether in traditional data centers, on distributed regional hubs, through cloud services, or to branch sites. The VMware SD-WAN ecosystem of security solutions can be easily inserted as virtual network functions (VNFs) onto VMware SD-WAN Edges. Cloud gateways are operated in highly secure (Tier IV SSAE 16 Type II) data centers.

Expanded Ecosystem

VMware SD-WAN Gateways extend SD-WAN to the doorstep of major IaaS and SaaS providers including AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba, VMC, and SFDC. Cloud gateways and virtual edges extend secure and scalable connections to security, mid-mile, and analytics clouds. Deep integration with Azure Virtual WAN optimizes access with a single tunnel to multiple Azure workloads. 

Virtual Services

The VMware SD-WAN solution supports a platform to host multiple virtualized network functions to eliminate single-function appliances and reduce branch IT complexity.

Virtual Services
Network Service Insertion

VMware SD-WAN service-chains traffic from the branch to both cloud-based and enterprise regional hub services, with assured performance, security, and manageability. Branches leverage consolidated security and network services, including those from partners, such as Zscaler, Websense, and Equinix.

Platform for Virtual Services

The VMware SD-WAN platform is a x86-based, hypervisor-capable Edge that can instantiate and chain multiple virtualized network functions. The platform allows elimination of multiple single-function appliances in the branch with firewall, VPN and third party services.

One-click Services Provisioning

Using a simple click-to-enable interface, services can be inserted in the cloud and on-premise with application specific policies.


Easily distribute and deploy VMware SD-WAN virtual Edges on existing branch hardware including installed base of routers or universal CPE platforms. VMware SD-WAN Gateway services can be orchestrated among other cloud datacenter services.

Automation & Orchestration

The VMware SD-WAN solution automates branch deployment with link characteristics discovery and provides granular visibility for real-time network and application monitoring.

Virtual Services
Zero-touch Deployment

Deploy a branch in minutes with VMware SD-WAN Edge activation from the Cloud without the need for a truck roll and onsite IT support. Automatic WAN circuit discovery and monitoring eliminates link-by-link and branch-by-branch configuration.


Simplify branch routing and address management and VPN setup with centralized orchestration. Business policies drive optimal gateway selection, distributed QoS configurations, automatic VPN connections and network services insertion.

Business Policy Automation

Discover and fingerprint 2,500+ enterprise and cloud applications to apply prioritization, service insertion and security policies automatically.

Cloud-scale Visibility

Gain provider and enterprise-wide visibility into WAN circuit performance and application usage and flows.

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Why the Cloud is the Network

Analyst Webinar

Lee Doyle shares how enterprises are leveraging the Cloud to produce flexible networks which adapt, improve, and secure access and performance to traditional and cloud services.

A Software-Defined WAN Is a Business Imperative

Analyst White Paper

Lee Doyle shares how enterprises are leveraging the Cloud to produce flexible networks which adapt, improve, and secure access and performance to traditional and cloud services.

Internet as Enterprise-class WAN?


Kangwarn Chinthammit, CCIE, discusses the findings of the VMware SD-WAN Internet Quality Report and key considerations for deployment of Internet as a WAN.