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Building SD-WAN architecture into your world

Last updated:August 2016

Editor's note

Software-defined networking may have started in the data center, but it’s since moved to the wide area network -- and with its promise to improve branch network connectivity while lowering costs and increasing agility, SD-WAN architecture is the most popular new kid on the networking block.

A plethora of startups and established industry players have now crowded on the scene, all offering variations on the same theme: technology that uses SDN principles to dynamically aggregate multiple WAN links, thus stepping up performance and decreasing reliance on costly MPLS connections. This essential guide will help you sidestep vendor hype and explore whether you’re ready for SD-WAN to move into your network. 

1Problem-solver: SD-WAN use cases

In SDN’s early days, skeptics bemoaned a lack of clearly defined use cases, so SD-WAN came on the scene like a breath of fresh air. Learn about the specific problems this technology can tackle in the wide area network.

2SD-WAN architecture: How to make the move

Top industry analysts expect software-defined WAN adoption to escalate dramatically. Here’s what to consider before moving to an SD-WAN architecture.

3SD-WAN in the news

The SD-WAN architecture landscape is rapidly evolving. Keep abreast of the latest developments from vendors, managed service providers and users.

4SD-WAN words you need to know

When implementing SD-WAN in your enterprise, there are important technology terms you must know. Learn the basics you need to know in our glossary.