WAN is the workhorse of your networking "wardrobe," if you will. It's an essential piece of technology that keeps your users happily connected and productive and your enterprise systems going strong. But that doesn't mean WAN is boring; in fact, the new WAN technology is snazzier than ever.
This timeless guide will explain all you need to know to be up to date on WAN basics and the new WAN tools emerging in the market. But we also cover the latest developments: optimization, outsourced management, how the cloud affects the WAN -- it's all here. This guide even has info for those curious about the latest in WAN architecture: the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN).
Read on to get informed on the wide area network of today and the fast-coming future WAN.
Learn how WAN optimization, and its techniques and tools, can work for you
WAN optimization is, in essence, any means for maximizing data flow across any wide area network with the intention of speeding user access to applications and information. In this section, learn how WAN optimization has changed over recent years, new WAN techniques, and tools that can optimize your WAN. Also, get a glimpse at the fast-approaching future of SD-WAN.
Leading WAN optimization product vendors use a variety of techniques to get the job done. Find out who does what and if it's right for you. Continue Reading
When it comes to choosing WAN optimization techniques, more is definitely better. Part two of this three-part series offers up a catalog of optimization options. Continue Reading
WAN aggregation allows continuous, high-performance networking, and software-defined networking delivers greater security, visibility and control. In this tip, expert John Burke evaluates both technologies to help you better optimize your network. Continue Reading
Outsource your WAN management? Sure!
Thanks to the arrival of cloud, outsourcing WAN management is possible -- and it shouldn't be scary or complex. Learn how others have done it and how to set up server provider management for your WAN.
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When it comes to WAN, performance is crucial
In many ways the WAN is the workhorse of enterprise communication. Without a well-functioning WAN, work, well, stops. In this segment, learn about the criticality of WAN performance for everything, including the corporate bottom line, and why faster provisioning and rolling WAN optimization, management and security together is a good idea.
By searching for solutions that put WAN optimization, management and security together, enterprise IT can reduce company bottom lines and complexity. Continue Reading
Understand the storage applications running across your data center WAN links to ensure optimal performance. Continue Reading
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Why WAN is the new black
The WAN is a basic essential. But it's also been updated for the latest styles of work and communication. The new WAN platform of today's enterprise must be flexible and super-responsive. In this section, you'll learn about the new WAN -- which may be virtualized (vWAN) or come in a hybrid form -- and the myriad forces driving its development.
SDN blogs: Network professionals talk about the benefits of virtualizing your WAN, why learning about APIs is crucial and when to upgrade to new software. Continue Reading
Is now the time to get your WAN software defined?
Is this the decade of software-defined everything? Seems so, and the WAN is no exception. But what exactly is an SD-WAN? This module will explain it all and will help you determine whether your new WAN should be an SD-WAN and, if so, how to make that a reality.
Key terms to know
Let's face it -- understanding the new WAN world is hard enough -- even if you know the lingo. So, be sure you get these key terms under your belt.