How mature is SD-WAN? Is it ready for adoption by service providers on a wide scale? Orhan Ergun looks at the current state of the SD-WAN market and how it is beginning to replace MPLS.
In a world of networking built on standards, the hottest new technology isn’t anywhere close to being based on them. Should SD-WAN not be deployed until it has been through the standardization process? Ethan Banks has some great thoughts about why this isn’t as big of a deal as you might think.
Security in networking is a huge undertaking. You have to know what you need to know before you ever start implementation. Orhan Ergun takes a look at some of the important pieces of security in networking, specifically in SD-WAN, to help you figure out where to start before you get started.
Security has a huge impact on your WAN strategy. This becomes even more apparent when you move to an SD-WAN architecture. Jed Casey takes a look at some of the things you need to consider when looking at SD-WAN security.
SD-WAN is a simple solution for a complex problem. But are network engineers contributing to the complexity? Ethan Banks takes a look at the issue of complexity in SD-WAN and how we can eliminate some of it by making smart decisions.
The cloud can be a scary place for those just starting their journey. But with the help of SD-WAN, migrating applications to the cloud is no different that adding a new branch office to your network. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at how you can leverage the strengths of SD-WAN to help you on your journey.
Deploying an SD-WAN proof-of-concept is easy. But what happens when you want to take it to a hundred or more sites? Where are the case studies? Tom Hollingsworth looks at how Acadia Healthcare took SD-WAN to 60% of their sites and what lessons they learned from their experience.
In this iteration of Gestalt News:
– We spoke with Dong Ngo about his IT Origin story, starting in Vietnam and ending up in Silicon Valley
– Tom Hollingsworth looks at top-down orchestration and bottom-up automation
– Larry Smith breaks down how SD-WAN can be used to better steer SaaS-based applications
Do your SaaS-based applications currently get steered in the most optimal way possible? If they do, is this a time consuming and manual effort? Or is there currently an automation expert who is crafting all of the components together to optimally direct the traffic? Chances are that the answer to these previous questions is “NO”. And if your answer is “YES” then are you already utilizing SD-WAN? If the answer is again “NO” then I encourage you to read on.
It’s not exactly news that enterprise businesses are moving workloads to the cloud; pretty much any analyst firm you poke will agree that cloud adoption will keep increasing in 2018, whether as IaaS (Infrastructure As A Service) or Saas (Software As A Service), and maybe even a little PaaS (Platform As A Service) . While the benefits and risks of the cloud itself are fairly well established at this point, enterprises are still struggling to adjust to the new demands being made of the WAN (Wide Area Network). This post examines some of the challenges introduced by IaaS and SaaS, and looks at ways to improve the user experience, both during service migration and after the workload is fully moved to the cloud.