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

MPLS Pricing: What’s the Difference Between the Pricing Models

Even with SD-WAN, companies often find they still need some multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) circuits, if only for delivering voice and other key applications, in locations with high latency from their data-centers. Which sort of begs the question, what should...

How SD-WAN Facilitates WAN Security

As a follow-up to the RSA San Francisco security show, it's important to think about SD-WANs and security. In a previous post, we spoke about security and the future of networking, with an emphasis on various vendors' approaches to securing SD-WAN internet...

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

In a previous article, I mentioned my opinion that just as the "cloud" has become a vague catch-all term for any sort of easily accessible internet service, so too has the hybrid wan. In that article, I suggested substituting the term "SD-WAN," since using both terms...

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Service Insertion—Why It’s So Important

Enterprises often need to spin up new network services, but doing so can be difficult. While SD-WAN in general makes this task easier, the real magic happens when you use service insertion and service chaining. What Are Service Insertion and Chaining? Service...

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Hybrid WANs vs SD-WANs

People often use the terms "hybrid WAN" and "SD-WAN" interchangeably - and that's a mistake. Hybrid WANs deal with the underlay; SD-WANs deal with the overlay. And the two aren't mutually exclusive, either: You can build an SD-WAN that's also a hybrid WAN, and you can...

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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 and...

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