Teridion steps into China to provide its SD-WAN services

Teridion is serving up its SD-WAN service in China to help companies breach the "Great Firewall" of China to extend their services there.

On Thursday, Teridion announced it has launched its Teridion for Enterprise in China service, which allows customers to do business in China via a compliant, broadband-based SD-WAN service.

Similar to Aryaka and Cato Networks, Teridion uses its own global points-of-presence (POPs) to deliver its cloud-based SD-WAN services, but SD-WAN services in China ran into a barrier early last year.

In January, 2018 China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) passed a regulation that blocked IP-Sec in mainland China. To enable services such as SD-WAN, vendors needed to work with China Mobile, China Telecom or China Unicom, which are all authorized carriers by MIIT, to access IP-Sec VPNs. The second option was using expensive MPLS connections.

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"One thing that we've heard consistently as we go after larger, more distributed enterprises, is they've got a problem with their sites in China," said Pejman Roshan, vice president of products and marketing for Teridion. "In some cases, if we couldn't service those sites, they weren't able to move forward.  So we dug in to really see what the challenges were in serving China."

Teridion is providing its SD-WAN service in China via broadband connections with China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile, as well as with smaller, regional ISPs. Teridion's partners can manage their services in China the same way they do out of the country using its portal

Teridion for Enterprise in China has on-demand bandwidth speeds of up to 1 Gbps, and it's cheaper than MPLS options. Roshan said MPLS connections in China deliver speeds of between 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps at a cost of up to $20,000 a month. Teridion said its service offers "the lowest possible latency, loss and jitter metrics for video and voice applications."

Teridion also claims it can be configured in minutes, and up and running in hours via an IP-Sec connection from the WAN site's customer premise equipment to Teridion's China-based POPS. Teridion has a total of 48 POPs worldwide.

"It has MPLS like reliability, or carrier like reliability, but at a fraction of the cost," Roshan said. "In many cases, it can be as much as 50% less than MPLS."

Teridion's SD-WAN service relies on working with other SD-WAN vendors such as Cisco Meraki, which it announced earlier this year, Silver Peak and VMware/VeloCloud. It also has partnerships in place with Palo Alto, Fortinet, Cisco and Juniper Networks for on premise routers and firewalls. 

"I think their solution is unique, but I haven't heard SD-WAN vendors mention this as a problem, so I'm not sure how much of an issue it is," said Lee Doyle, principal analyst for Doyle Research. "This does give Teridion a visibility boost in a crowded SD-WAN field."