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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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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.
Let the disruption commence! Observers say it's high time the networking sector accepts and sorts out open source, arguing it's not a question of if enterprises use it, but how.
Team collaboration applications such as Slack and Unify Circuit can make life easier for enterprises. But for some organizations, the risk might not be worth the reward.
Learn how one former network design consultant made a major career change, leaving her position at a vendor and landing her dream job in the enterprise.
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Compared to data center SDN companies, SD-WAN vendors seem to have it easy, with a relative slew of satisfied customers eager to share their deployment stories.
Advanced machine learning can help distinguish between false alarms and real network threats, creating valuable time for IT employees. But the technology still faces challenges.