Research indicates that 79% have already begun the Journey to SD-WAN. After two years of marketing hype, Software-Defined WAN has arrived and is officially poised for widespread market adoption in 2018. Want to know why SD-WAN is heating up? Help yourself to a free download of the 2018 Guide to WAN Architecture and Design, Part 1 by Dr. Jim Metzler. This report evaluates the State of the WAN based on market survey data plus analyst insights.
On the surface the idea of SD-WAN Orchestration is pretty simple; use a centralized cloud portal to improve network visibility and management. The benefit is much bigger than lower IT support costs, it’s a more agile and responsive network that accelerates innovation and drives higher productivity across the board. The challenge is that every SD-WAN solution makes sweeping claims about orchestration, and the marketing jargon can be quite confusing. Once you cut through the SEO catch phrases like “extensible networks” and “policy abstraction”, what are the tangible benefits of SD-WAN orchestration?
IT personnel and network engineers have a palpable feeling of uncertainty as a new set of challenges confront them. Digital transformation is turning business models on their heads. While enterprises take measures to bolster IT departments and gear up to adapt to the latest technologies, they face fundamental resistance from within. Hardware-centric enterprise networks are based on static deployments, which makes configuration changes too slow and too costly. These legacy networks were never designed to evolve at the pace which business requirements are changing today.
Why Retailers Need Unbreakable Store Connections… The retail industry has passed through multiple evolutionary phases since the dawn of the internet. Innovative technologies continue to boost retail efficiency – particularly in areas like POS, CRM, inventory management and online sales. While business processes have improved, these technologies make retailers totally dependent on internet access. The result of this digital transformation is an urgent need for unbreakable store connectivity to ensure non-stop retail operations.
In spite of deploying multiple tools that claim to prevent unplanned outages they still happen in your IT shop – right? The challenge is to determine the root cause of the incident, but this can be elusive due to the phenomenon known as Shadow IT. The shadows in your network are where you lack visibility and control. The number of hardware appliances, connected devices and applications on the network are increasing for most of us, and so are the number of blind spots.
In the wake of the wake of Cisco’s recent $610 million acquisition of SD-WAN start-up Viptela, thousands of existing Cisco ISR router customers face a difficult choice on where to go from here. The addition of Viptela alongside Meraki and iWAN brings the total number of Cisco SD-WAN offerings to three. This sends a clear message that the time for SD-WAN adoption has arrived, what’s less clear is whether any of Cisco’s offering can fulfill the true promise of SD-WAN.
The only truly scarce commodity in business is time. You can’t create time, so it must be spent wisely. Over the past 20 years, MPLS became entrenched as the gold-standard of WAN transport and many organizations have found a way to absorb the high cost and inefficiencies inherent in MPLS. This post explores 3 keys areas where MPLS is costing you time, and why now is the time for organizations to reconsider whether they can afford to stay with MPLS.
Who has not heard the phrase “Knowledge is Power” in today’s hyper connected economy? Knowledge is also “powerless” unless delivered in the correct format to the right person, at the right time. Marketplaces demand seamless knowledge integration that goes well beyond the enterprise & its employees to include partners, suppliers & contingent workers. Making sure that knowledge is delivered at point of need; everywhere in the enterprises ecosystem, is why networks matter more than ever to the competitiveness of business.
Calculating the Hard and Soft Benefits of Software-Defined Networks… Rare Opportunity for MPLS Customers: The corporate network has become a critical asset that touches every aspect of business productivity, innovation and customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, legacy WANs are under increasing pressure to meet demands for cloud security and bandwidth that are well beyond the scope of their original design. Although MPLS has been the gold standard approach for 20 years, it was simply never intended for delivering cloud security and performance which is why so many People Hate Their WANs.
Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solutions are a relatively new phenomenon, during 2017 we have seen first-hand, the awareness among network professionals and SMB & Enterprise organizations rising rapidly. Today, most deployments are in North America and Europe, but pilots and POCs are increasing on virtually every other continent. Why the interest? People hate…