RESEARCH BRIEF: SD-WAN: Driving Business Benefits

By John Fruehe - September 8, 2015
Businesses today need to respond to very dynamic, fluid markets where moving quickly is paramount to success. While some organizations remain fairly stable, many are involved in acquiring other businesses, expanding overseas, or moving their resources to the cloud. Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity has been a long, tenuous issue for companies, because Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) connections have a rigid nature, complexity, and high cost, making it more difficult for businesses to react effectively to market changes. For years, WAN connectivity was focused on remote branch offices, which rarely had the gravity to demand a better solution unnamedfrom headquarters IT; but with more cloud applications (which are being deployed outside of the datacenter), WAN architectures have come under greater scrutiny. Software-Defined-WANs (SD-WANs) are finally enabling businesses to break away from the constraints of the past and focus on a new flexibility to drive their businesses forward.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Today’s Customer Needs
  • Bringing Flexibility and Connectivity
  • Easing Multi-Location Deployment
  • Optimizing for Cloud-Based Applications
  • Establishing Temporary Networks
  • Silver Peak SD-WAN Products
  • Call to Action
You can download the paper here.

Companies Cited

  • Interroll
  • Microsoft
  • Silver Peak
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