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Vive la revolution! New wide area network technologies usher in change
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Special Edition, April 2017, Vol. 1, No. 2
Hamilton might be today's Broadway darling, but let's not forget about the smash hit musical that first set political revolution to song -- Les Misérables. But what does Jean Valjean have to do with networking, you ask? Well, a revolution of sorts is underway in the enterprise, as new wide area network technologies help IT pros defy the tyranny of expensive, inflexible MPLS links. And like the revolutionaries of Les Mis, many network managers have long yearned to take control of their own (WAN) destinies. It seems their moment has finally come. So can we expect Wide Area Network: The Musical on Broadway? Sadly, perhaps not. We can anticipate, however, that the changes afoot in the WAN will continue to accelerate, and that's a good thing. Today's wide area network technologies give enterprise IT pros the ability to create agile, secure, cost-effective networks capable of adapting to keep up with evolving organizational needs. From software-defined WAN and cloud technologies to virtualized appliances, an array of new tools gives ...
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Features in this issue
Vive la wide area network revolution! In the new WAN, emerging cloud, software-defined networking and virtualization technologies save time and money while improving performance.
In this case study, learn how SD-WAN adoption dramatically simplified a major oil company's wide area network while improving security and increasing flexibility.
MTD Products credits the Cisco IWAN architecture with cutting costs and improving performance in the wide area network, ultimately leading to an increase in employee productivity.
In this software-defined WAN case study, Kindred Healthcare says Viptela SD-WAN technology has made its network more agile and less expensive to deploy and manage.
For all the gripes enterprises have about MPLS, one point of contention remains: Branches directly connected to the Internet don't feel safe. Is that still true in the age of SD-WAN?
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In today's wide area network, emerging technologies disrupt the status quo ... and that's a good thing. Enterprises now have more options than ever when it comes to WAN design.