Hybrid WAN News
October 26, 2017
Capital One and General Electric are pushing the scalability of hybrid WAN. The companies are using the technology to cut networking costs. GE plans to save millions of dollars.
September 28, 2017
Right now, if you’re responsible for transforming your legacy wide-area network estate, you might be asking yourself, what does it mean to monetise your enterprise WAN? How can I leverage my WAN as ...
September 15, 2017
InfoVista releases Ipanema 9.2 as more enterprises transition to internet-only sites or hybrid WAN with MPLS connectivity. Also, Versa Networks teams up with CA Technologies.
May 12, 2017
Have you ever considered that software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) may be the technology equivalent of the men’s “skinny suit” fashion trend? In the right context, it’s a flattering fit. ...
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A hybrid WAN is a wide area network that sends traffic over two or more connection types. Hybrid WANs permit dynamic traffic engineering across both private and public domains, using a variety of connectivity options to make the best use of network resources. Continue Reading
How can your organization take advantage of SD-WAN? Networking expert Lee Doyle explains how SD-WAN adoption can transform your WAN, and why you should consider making the switch. Continue Reading
The hybrid WAN is here and this guide explains how to buy and build an SD-WAN architecture. Learn about key features and 'nice to haves' before you approach vendors and make an acquisition decision. Continue Reading
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Expert Lee Doyle tackles the issue of hybrid WAN vs. SD-WAN. Although the technologies are separate, SD-WAN can make hybrid WAN deployment and operation easier. Continue Reading
The traditional hardware-driven wide area network was slow and expensive. It was just a matter of time -- and technology -- before the software-defined wide area network became a reality. The arrival of the SD-WAN, vendors said, means all that legacy technology can be swept away, replaced with sophisticated software services running as virtualized network functions on commodity hardware. Low-cost, high-speed internet services combined with an intelligent, cloud-services infrastructure, means corporate headquarters and branch offices can be linked together more efficiently than ever before.
The marketplace is full of SD-WAN vendors, each pitching a different value proposition, so a guide for networking professionals to the world of SD-WANs is essential. This Buyer's Guide to SD-WAN is designed to help you select the technology that best suits your enterprise's needs, technological requirements and budget. It opens with an overview of the SD-WAN technological product; explains how it works; and highlights key features, including "must haves" and "nice to haves." Readers of this Buyer's Guide to SD-WAN will come away with a deeper understanding of the SD-WAN and be better equipped to launch their IT purchasing process.Continue Reading
The rise of SD-WAN has many asking: Do we really need MPLS connectivity? Expert John Burke explains what factors to consider before renewing your existing contract. Continue Reading
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The market for hybrid network services is growing, and with it comes the challenge of successfully creating hybrid WANs. Continue Reading
As enterprises became more distributed over the years, a curious trend emerged: MPLS was no longer the golden child of the wide area network (WAN). Its high costs and inflexibility left many network engineers disillusioned. All the while, commercial Internet services became an attractive option for branch connectivity.
But for most enterprises, a hybrid WAN architecture -- one that relies on a mix of access connections -- was not only tricky from a routing perspective. Broadband becoming more than a failover option at branch offices also raised red flags about enterprises' ability to maintain secure networks.
The emergence of a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), however, is helping enterprises aggregate MPLS and Internet connections without sacrificing their secure networks, even improving them in some cases. As we explore in this edition of Network Evolution, early adopters say they're confident in sending sensitive data over the Internet via SD-WAN platforms.
Also in this issue, Cisco and Microsoft have taken the fight to the cloud as they once again go head-to-head in their ongoing battle for the unified communications market. Learn more about how to decide whether Microsoft's Skype for Business or Cisco's Spark is a better fit for your enterprise.
We also dive into beacons on the network and what you need to know about installing and managing them -- straight from companies that have already deployed them.
Finally, don't miss this edition of The Subnet, in which we explore how an IT pro at a high-tech Midwestern church manages a wireless network that supports thousands of congregants who use the church's mobile app on its WLAN during prayer services.Continue Reading
SD-WAN is creating a lot of buzz this year, but a new TechTarget survey shows that actual deployment will be limited this year, despite the number of new and traditional vendors in the market. Continue Reading
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There has been a fair amount of credence given to some media statements that are suggesting MPLS network services are decreasing in popularity. I believe WAN technology is becoming less about ... Continue Reading
In part two of a three-part series, an expert looks at how hybrid VPNs are impacted by the shift from private services to the public Internet. Continue Reading