Don’t Get Attached To SD-WAN

For some time now, SD-WANs (Software Defined Wide Area Networks) have been the subject of much hype and discussion in the networking community.  Outsiders most likely get a chuckle at yet another acronym created by data networking enthusiasts: “SD-WAN”. Don’t get attached to SD-WAN — the acronym, that is — since it may go the… Read More

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Silver Peak has successfully completed the Open Networking User Group’s (ONUG) first testing program, which validates software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) market solutions against key IT requirements. ONUG is an essential driver for defining the new requirements of today’s networks. Our ONUG-validated solution, and our ongoing work within the ONUG SD-WAN Working Group, is proving to be instrumental in… Read More

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IT has changed significantly over the past decade. The rise of the cloud, mobile computing, and other trends like Internet of Things has shifted IT from being server centric to being network centric. This is why IT and business leaders should consider the network to be a strategic asset. Consequently, any problem that impact the… Read More

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With more applications hosted by SaaS providers and businesses constantly looking at ways to drive down costs, without sacrificing performance, companies are looking at ways to augment or replace their costly MPLS WAN infrastructure with the Internet. MPLS networks have long served the needs of the enterprise, however more businesses are realizing that they are… Read More

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Don’t Get Attached To SD-WAN

For some time now, SD-WANs (Software Defined Wide Area Networks) have been the subject of much hype and discussion in the networking community.  Outsiders most likely get a chuckle at yet another acronym created by data networking enthusiasts: "SD-WAN". Don't get attached to SD-WAN — the acronym, that is — since it may go the way of other ill-fated acronyms.  However, rest assured the concepts and principles represented by "SD-WAN", are here to stay. Hybrid networking.  Cloud infrastructure.  Decentralized networks. These are just some of the ways to describe the same fundamental design.  All of these refer to the challenge of … Read More

Featured Expert: Nick Buraglio

Nick Buraglio

As a network engineer at the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (DoE), Nick is part of the distributed team responsible for managing a heterogeneous, international, high-performance network consisting of production MPLS/VPLS, L2, L3, and disruptive technologies layers (OpenFlow, SDN and dark fiber) connecting all US DoE sites and other research and education networks. MORE

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