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Insight and Information About Today’s and Tomorrow’s  WANs

LTE for SD-WAN or Failover

LTE is a rapidly growing technology, with bandwidth speeds that are rising every year.  Your results will depend on signal strength, but LTE modems are designed with POE to allow you to locate them wherever you need to, to obtain the best signal strength.  External...
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SD-WAN POC for Retail Network – Mind The Gap

When it comes to POCs, one of the more interesting presentations at the WAN Summit was given by Snehal Patel, network architect, at the Gap. The Gap, if you don’t know, has been sort of the poster child for Viptela’s SD-WAN. And while the needs of the Gap may not...

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WAN Summit: Random Thoughts and Insights

This past Monday was the opening day for the WAN Summit where 300 or so folk gathered to plumb the future of the WAN. Yours truly was there and hosted a great session (If I say so myself) about Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and Integrating the Internet into the...

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SD-WANs Make WAN Security Possible

With RSA San Francisco—one of, if not the biggest security show of the year—behind us, it’s a good time to revisit security and SD-WANs. I know, we already lived through Yoda’s prognostications about the future of networking and security. In that blog post, we spoke...

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Has the term SD-WAN lost meaning, as the Cloud has?

Terms and technologies come and go. Some seem to stick around a bit longer than we’d like. I thought that it was time to retire hybrid WAN and give SD-WAN its due. Not everyone seems to agree.I received a great email from Scott Pickett, who wrote in, arguing the most...

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SD-WAN Experts To Moderate Panel at WAN Summit

It’s always interesting exchanging insights and lessons learned with other IT professionals. This April we’ll have a great opportunity to do just that when I host a discussion session at the upcoming WAN Summit in New York (April 3-4). A similar session will be run in...

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Service insertion—Why it’s so important

We've mentioned service chaining in the past, but often it's confused with service insertion. Both are important. One of the major challenges that’s long faced enterprise network is the ability to spin up new network services. SD-WANs make this a lot easier through...

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Hybrid WANs vs SD-WANs

All too often SD-WAN and hybrid WAN are used interchangeably—mistakenly. SD-WANs extend software-defined networking (SDN) technologies to the WAN. As with SDNs, SD-WANs build an “overlay” or a virtual abstraction of the underlying physical network that can then be...

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Security a Driver to Use SD-WAN

One of the more significant themes to come out of yesterday’s SD-WAN Virtual Summit  by Viptela was the importance of security. We touched on the security risks SD-WANs pose in our recent Network World blog where we explained the different approaches to implementing...

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Will networks and security converge in 2017?

The start of a new year is always a good time for bold predictions. And whereas some might have searched the stars to predict the presidential election and others may attempt to divine the winner of the Super Bowl (I’ll save you the trouble - the Patriots), we here at...

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SD-WAN Services – Are they for you?

  Our recent blog at Network World examined the SD-WAN marketplace, posing the question “Should you buy an SD-WAN service?” Like so many technologies, the decision isn’t as simple as “yes” or “no,” but one that’s dependent on your organizations particular needs...

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