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February 2017 Vol. 8, No. 1

New year, new WAN: SD-WAN adoption takes off

More and more enterprises are using software-defined networking principles in the wide area network, with industry experts predicting that SD-WAN adoption will skyrocket in 2017. In fact, some top analysts expect the market to grow as much as 90% every year for at least the next three years. In this edition of Network Evolution, we explore three diverse SD-WAN deployment stories to illustrate the growing trend and offer insight into how SD-WAN adoption plays out on the ground. These case studies examine the use of the technology in enterprises ranging from a garden equipment manufacturer to a major oil company, using products from three top vendors -- Cisco, Viptela and Cybera. If you're considering SD-WAN adoption in your wide area network, these real-world stories will offer valuable insight.

Also in this issue, open source networking could open the door to even more big changes in the year ahead. One leading analyst says it's not a question of whether enterprises will ultimately use open source, but how.

And finally, team messaging applications like Slack and HipChat make communicating easy, but they could also put enterprises at risk.

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