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To Maximize The Value Of SD-WAN, Look Past Hardware Savings
/ Oct 6, 2015 0 COMMENTS

I moderated a workshop on the topic of software defined WANs (SD-WAN) last month and I’m continually baffled that the focus of software-defined networking remains on the hardware for so many individuals. This is clearly a hangover from the early days of SDN when many of the start ups were hammering home the point that…

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Where Do We Stand With The WAN?
/ Jul 30, 2015 0 COMMENTS

A lot has been written over the last year about how SDN will fundamentally change how enterprise WANs are architected. While I generally agree with that statement, I think it is important to not get too far ahead of ourselves. Before we implement any new networking technology or architecture we always have to answer a…

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Metro Ethernet Can Be Part Of A Broadband WAN
/ Jul 14, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The concept of the broadband WAN is becoming a reality to more and more organizations every day. However, when I talk to network managers and IT leaders about the broadband WAN, cable and DSL tend to dominate the conversation. One broadband technology that never seems to get its due is Metro Ethernet. Metro Ethernet isn’t…

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It’s Time For Network Operators to Embrace Internet WANs
/ Jun 25, 2015 1 COMMENTS

Disrupt or be disrupted. That was one of the key messages that Cisco’s outgoing CEO, John Chambers, gave in his keynote at the company’s user event, Cisco Live, earlier this month. The message is short and clear: the business climate is changing and you can either change with it or become irrelevant. One area that…

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Interroll Moves to a Broadband WAN
/ Jun 22, 2015 0 COMMENTS

As a global manufacturing company, Interroll runs an MPLS network connecting 13 production facilities, 18 sales offices, and 1,800 employees across Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe. Engineers and designers in those locations work closely with customers to design and develop new products. Editing and moving CAD files across the MPLS network was essential to that…

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New EdgeConnect is a Breakthrough in Building SD-WANs with Broadband
/ Jun 15, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Despite the mounting frustration with MPLS, many customers still do not believe the Internet can provide the security and performance needed for today’s business-critical traffic. And while current conversations around leveraging the Internet for the enterprise WAN have focused primarily on the ability to use multiple network connections, and in some cases, zero-touch provisioning, we…

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How Can You Go From WAN Theory to SD-WAN Reality?
/ Jun 11, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In the last few months a lot of articles have been written about the WAN in general, and about Software-Defined WANs (SD-WANs) in particular. These articles typically point out the well-known limitations of the current approach to wide area networking and discuss how to apply a variety of techniques, both old and new, to the…

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Hybrid WAN Providers Should Focus on Network Basics
/ May 28, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Every year ZK Research runs a joint global network purchase intention survey with its media partner Tech Target. The survey looks at trends in networking and investigates the opinions of networking professionals around the globe. This year we added a section in on hybrid / Internet WANs to see if this was a real trend…

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Business Continuity Can Help Sell Your SD-WAN Plans
/ May 26, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Prior to being an analyst, I spent many years as a network engineer. During this time I realized how hard it was to get the attention of CIOs and other IT leaders. Most CIOs have application development or even compute experience, but few have a good understanding of how the network operates. Sometimes I find…

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Cord-Cutting Comes to the Enterprise WAN
/ May 19, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The advent of low cost, high-speed Internet connections to the home paired with online streaming services such as Netflix has started a trend known to many as cord-cutting. Cord-cutters — those who choose to eliminate their subscription to expensive cable TV services — have quickly realized that they can reduce costs and still maintain high…