SD-WAN is a potential game-changer for wide area networking—on the same level as server virtualization, which transformed data centers over the last 10 years. SD-WAN combines the use of multiple active branch links, intelligent direction of traffic across those links, and centralized, policy-driven management of the WAN as a whole.
Anyone with hands on experience in setting up long haul VPNs over the Internet knows it is not a pleasant exercise. Even if you factor out the complexity of appliances and the need to work with old relics like IPSec, managing latency, packet loss and high availability remains a huge problem on the Internet. Service providers also know this (and make billions on MPLS).
The digital business is all about speed. Time to develop new products, deliver them to the market, and respond to a change in business conditions or the competitive landscape. Technology is how speed happens, and IT must enable the business to get things done. Automation, agility, elasticity, and flexibility are some of the traits of the modern IT infrastructure, which is already demonstrated via the increased usage of cloud computing.
In this expert e-guide, CIO and principal analyst John Burke of Nemertes Research discusses what key considerations to keep in mind when updating your network infrastructure with SD-WAN. Plus, explore a Q&A with CIO Matt Minetola about how his teams over at Travelport Mindset underwent a digital transformation journey.
Digital disruption is the new normal. Organizations of all sizes in all industries are embracing digital technologies to meet the needs of a changing workplace and customer base. Mobility, the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, big data, social media and digital transformation are prime catalysts for this new era. Taken together, they deliver a message that is clear and powerful: There is no more business as usual these days.
Today, digital business is no longer an abstract concept—it’s a reality. As more applications move to the cloud, business users increasingly rely on them to do their jobs. From virtual meetings to file-sharing to collaboration through tools like Skype, Slack, and Office 365, including voice and video traffic, they require consistent, high-quality bandwidth, all the time.
The time-sensitive networking (TSN) market is expected to be worth $606.0 million by 2024, at a CAGR of 53.8% considering that it will get commercialized by 2019. The increasing adoption of Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 and increasing need for real-time communication for various applications are the major drivers for the TSN market.
Workforce mobility today is an essential part of any business, but it creates a number of challenges for IT. Data spread across devices and cloud services, unpredictable schedules, and varied network connections all complicate efforts to protect and govern enterprise information. With inSync, companies can protect their data stored in the cloud or on mobile devices while also addressing rising compliance and legal needs.
One of the greatest challenges to protecting a business against cybercrime is the shape shifting nature of security threats. Innovation is not the sole domain of the good guys: cyber criminals are constantly finding ingenious new ways to tunnel into consumer, enterprise and institutional IT systems. They are increasingly professional, more aggressively funded, and better-equipped than ever to exploit any weak link in the security chain.
In the new digital enterprise, IT organizations must adapt their infrastructure to rapidly changing application demands. They must deploy and manage complex hybrid cloud platforms, secure the enterprise against advanced cyber threats and deliver end-to-end quality of user experience for mission critical applications. The complexity of the enterprise network makes it a leading challenge for IT to deliver the agility, reliability and security required by most organizations.