Windstream Fortifies SD-WAN With Virtual Next-Generation Firewall

Windstream Enterprise has released a dynamic new security feature to protect businesses from increasingly sophisticated threats to their network and their data, the company said.

Offered as part of its managed SD-WAN service, Windstream Enterprise´s new Virtual Network Function (VNF) Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) gives businesses peace of mind that their networks are safe from attacks, out to the network edge, while also reducing the complexity associated with implementing a large-scale network security solution.

The VNF Firewall service expands upon Windstream Enterprise´s existing suite of best-in-class managed security services, including appliance and cloud-based offerings and is hosted on the same hardware component of the VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud solution, namely VMware SD-WAN Edge. As businesses move their networks to SD-WAN to easily connect branch offices and remote locations and enable optimal application performance across a cloud-enabled network, protecting the network edge becomes critical to maintaining the full network´s integrity. The new VNF software helps to deliver that edge security in the same form factor as the SD-WAN software.

An additional benefit of Windstream Enterprise´s VNF is its ability to be co-managed and integrated via WE Connect, the award-winning network management portal that gives customers a single pane of glass to see all security, network, and voice service information as well as account detail.

Windstream Holdings provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the US. Additional information is available at or