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GTT SD WAN & Cybersecurity Solutions

Company Type & Location:Managed Service Provider  |  UK  |  Europe  |  North America  |  Asia  |  Australia  |  South Africa  |  South America
Tags & Search Filters:SD WAN  |  Co-managed SD WAN services  |  Internet leased line  |  Managed SD WAN servicesand 16 more tags  |  MDR  |  FWaaS  |  MPLS  |  Security and compliance  |  Enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure  |  SIEM  |  Managed security  |  Integrations  |  Analytics  |  Network firewalls  |  WAN Edge infrastructure  |  Reporting and statistics (SD WAN)  |  On-premises/Private cloud  |  SaaS  |  Compliance reporting  |  Dedicated Internet Access

GTT is a major telco with support for Global customers. Good option for SD WAN, Voice and large bandwidth requirements.

Summary

GTT SD WAN and Cybersecurity Solution: Comparisons, Review, Benefits, Use Cases, Pros & Cons

Author: Netify Research Team

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Review

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Recommended for clients in retail, e-commerce, financial services or any industry where card data is critical as they are PCI-DSS compliant. Ideal for US or European, large global firms that wish to migrate to SD WAN and have complex requirements. GTT’s offering is also suitable for enterprises wanting long haul, high capacity Ethernet Private Line (EPL) for those needing multi site WAN & DIA support. The Managed or DIY options allow for enterprises to be as hands off as they wish or support firms with limited IT resources available.

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About

About GTT

GTT Communications was founded in 2005 when it was formerly known as Global Telecom & Technology. Now, they are a multinational telecommunications and internet service provider leveraging a Tier-1 global IP backbone spanning six continents. They are based in McLean, Virginia, North America and are incorporated in Delaware. GTT currently support over 6,600 clients in 140+ countries.

Vendors

Who does GTT use for SD WAN?

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Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of GTT SD WAN & Cybersecurity?

List of the pros and cons associated with GTT SD WAN and Cybersecurity.

Pros

  • Tier-1 Global IP Backbone with over 700 PoPs providing connectivity worldwide - one of the largest in the world. 
  • Partnerships with VeloCloud, Silver Peak and Fortinet for SD WAN offerings. 
  • PCI-DSS compliant - Good for companies who deal with cardholder data. 
  • GTT have a broad portfolio of services which include UCAAS, high bandwidth optical services, SIP Trunking, Enterprise-Grade professional services, application and database management, intelligent monitoring platform and enhanced end-to-end SLA. They also offer a range of industry solutions, supporting financial services, manufacturing, retail and e-commerce, and media and broadcast.

Cons

  • The company do not offer SASE and therefore must be sourced via a third partner - however GTT do offer a granular security solution (see, What is the GTT SASE security solution?).
  • Compared with other service providers GTT has a much weaker network coverage outside Europe, the UK and North America, forcing them to rely on partners for coverage in these areas.
Comparison

Comparison: GTT vs BT vs Verizon SD WAN & security

Consider the points below to compare GTT vs BT vs Verizon SD WAN and SASE security.

GTT

  • GTT are a good options for clients in finance, retail, e-commerce or similar industries as they re PCI-DSS compliant. 
  • Operates one of the largest global backbones - 700 PoPs globally. 
  • Options for DIY. co-managed and fully managed solutions. 
  • Does not offer full SASE - instead offers a granular security stack. 

Verizon

  • Strong focus on the large enterprise market.
  • High PoP density across the Americas.
  • Options for co-managed SD WAN.
  • No DIY offering available.
  • Offers full SASE.

BT

  • BT are able to focus on small/medium enterprises as well as large global enterprises. 
  • High PoP density across the UK. 
  • No offering for co-managed SD WAN.
  • No DIY offering.
  • Does not offer full SASE.

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SD WAN

What is the GTT SD WAN Solution?

GTT offer SD WAN solutions leveraging their Tier-1 global IP backbone with over 700 PoPs worldwide, spanning 6 continents and more than 140 countries. Overlay offerings are based on a choice of Silver Peak, VeloCloud and Fortinet, backed up by GTT’s engineering team who help clients choose the best option to suit business needs. Each offering contains network-based gateways. 

VPLS Underlay:

Combines Ethernet with underlying MPLS network whilst leveraging GTT’s Tier-1 global IP backbone to create integrated and secure connectivity between the IP backbone and the internet using on-net SD WAN gateways.
  • P-bit Prioritisation for Class of Service: Allows for segmentation into four classes in order to ensure that latency-sensitive applications are given priority to deliver optimal end-user experiences. 
  • Varying Bandwidth Options: Clients can use an aggregated committed data rate (ACDR) plan which enables bandwidth sharing across ports, reducing the amount paid for idle capacity. Also includes flat-rate billing and burstable ports to cope with data spikes. 
  • Routing: Clients can maintain full routing control of traffic without sharing IP addressing or the routing table. Both IP traffic and non-IP traffic can be transmitted with no need for encapsulation or conversion. 
  • Reporting: Real-time visibility into network performance, with the ability to view billing and order status and track real-time statistics via the Ether Vision portal. 
  • Port Types: Available port types include, Fast Ethernet (Fast E), Gigabit Ethernet (Gig E), 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 Gig E), 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 Gig E). 

Ethernet Underlay:

Ethernet underlay is available in point-to-point and multipoint configurations, with dynamic routing support and global coverage. Clients can use flexible bandwidth options that range from 10Mbps to 100Gbps with established network-to-network interface (NNI) from partner networks creating seamless last-mile coverage. 

Universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE): 

uCPE hosts software versions for vendor appliances, which separates software used for services from packet processing and physical connections - to learn more about uCPE and it’s purpose in SD WAN, please see our article here.

The GTT uCPE services various types of virtualised network functions (VNFs) which can be combined into a service chain, next generation firewall (NGFW) or virtualised switching fabric. This increases customer agility to make deployment and upgrading VNFs and services quicker.

SASE

What is the GTT SASE security solution?

GTT do not offer a specifically labelled SASE solution, however they instead offer a granular security stack that includes several features associated with SASE. The security solution includes the following. 

Security Features: 

  • Unified Threat Management: Basic offering includes user identification, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, advanced application control, anti-spam, content filtering and web filtering capabilities. Additional services are supported by GTT’s security operations centre (SOC) and include vulnerability scanning, security information reporting visibility and managed logging. 
  • Managed Detection and Response (MDR): Designed to allow clients to adopt a cybersecurity risk management approach across the entire network, backed by constant support from GTT’s security analysts. This gives clients visibility of vulnerabilities and risk profiles that are associated especially with remote workers and corporate networking environments.
  • Secure Remote Access: Provides secure remote access for remote users to an organisation’s private network resources via the internet. Also features controls such as Multi-Factor Authentication. 
  • Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) Mitigation: Detects and removes malicious traffic to prevent DDoS attacks. Leverages next generation DDoS platform technology which offers GTT hosted scrubbing centres which provide deep packet inspection analytics, threat detection and filters compromised traffic. 
  • SOC/Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Services: An element of GTT’s Threat Lifestyle Management service which includes classification, triage, incident recording, diagnostics, resolution and recovery. The GTT threat intelligence centre is ISO 27001 Information Assurance accredited. They also hold global CREST SOC accreditation- one of only 5 companies worldwide. 
  • PCI Management and Monitoring: GTT offer a Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) compliant solution - the first service provider to achieve PCI/CISP compliance in 2003. This creates a safe environment for cardholder data, good for retail companies. Now GTT help clients to achieve PCI compliance with comprehensive plans designed for developing, deploying, configuring and monitoring network and security assets.
  • Cloud-Based + Premises-Based = Defence in Depth: Clients can choose between a cloud-delivered, on-premises delivered or hybrid delivered approach. This provides compliance, reporting, alerting and security as well as expedited response to improve resolution times, reducing the risks associated with blended attacks.
Funding

Funding Rounds

2008£0B
2018£0.48B
2021£2.2B
Cloud Vendors

How does GTT access cloud vendors?

GTT accesses cloud vendors through its last mile Cloud Connect service. This service provides  dedicated client connections to AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud. GTT is an AWS Direct Connect partner, Azure Express Route partner and a Google Interconnect partner.

Cloud Access

Cloud Access

Amazon Web Services26.67
Microsoft Azure26.67
Google Cloud26.67
IBM Cloud20
WAN Acceleration and Optimisation

Does GTT offer WAN acceleration and optimisation?

GTT do not offer a WAN optimisation and acceleration solution. However, instead these features are built into their SD WAN offering: Routing, Failover, Traffic Shaping, Load Balancing and the automatic detection & mitigation of excessive packet loss, latency and jitter. Dynamic Routing enables traffic to be directed across the best available circuit, since the primary, secondary and tertiary circuits are automatically monitored for packet loss, latency, jitter and availability.

Remote Users

How does GTT support remote users?

GTT’s remote user support is provisioned by SD WAN vendor partners such as Fortinet, Velocloud and Silver peak. See our individual vendor reviews for more information on each offering.

Managed, co-managed & DIY services

What is the GTT managed, co-managed and DIY services solution? 

Benefits

DIY SD WAN with GTT circuits

Managed SD WAN

Gain visibility and control at the user and application level

Leverage GTT’s broad range of physically diverse access options at every location

Manage multiple access types at every location with a single bill and single GTT login

Choose from the top rated SD WAN technology options

Leverage GTT's Tier-1 Internet backbone

Minimise capital expenditures

 

Benefit from GTT’s integrated, network-based secure SD WAN gateways

 

Benefit from unified management of end-to-end connectivity, security and access control

 

Leverage GTT’s years of managed SD WAN experience

 

Rapidly deploy or decommission locations on your network

 

Differences between GTT DIY and Managed SD WAN (GTT, 2021.) See more at: https://www.gtt.net/gb-en/services/wide-area-networking/sd-wan

Services

Services

Managed60
DIY40
Portal

What Reporting and Management is available via the GTT Portal?

Access to the SD WAN orchestrator is available through the GTT Portal. As of the 21st July 2021 GTT’s SD WAN solution is able to be co-managed via their EtherVision portal. The portal offers monitoring of real time and historical events as well as insights into network performance and security. This helps to ensure rapid customer response times to security threats and provide optimal application performance. The portal is available with GTT SD WAN and Security services and enables firewall policy and network configurations to be managed in real time. The portal provides insights and reporting into the following:

  • Jitter
  • Latency 
  • Bandwidth 
  • Session Utilisation 
  • Traffic Volume 
  • Traffic Flows 
  • Log Data 
  • Intrusion Prevention 
  • Web Filtering 
  • Anti Virus
Points of presence

Number of PoPs

GTT700
Verizon917
BT32
Service Level Agreement

What is the GTT SLA?

Below is a table displaying the main focus points of the GTT Service Level Agreement (SLA). 

Metric

Threshold

Availability

99.999%

Frame/packet loss ratio

≤0.1%

Frame jitter

≤2ms

Latency

By region

SLAs for MPLS (GTT, 2021)

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Deployments

Deployment Region

Europe, Middle East and Africa40%
North America29%
Asia/Pacific26%
Latin America6%
Proposition Focus

Proposition Focus

Features3.2
SASE/Security2.3
Cloud3.1
SD WAN2.8
Industries

Industry Coverage

Finance21%
Manufacturing34%
Services21%
Healthcare14%
Other10%
Focus

Other Focus

Remote users3
Simplicity9
Complex requirements8
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APAC30
Americas35

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