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  • Speeding AWS/Azure Migrations with SD-WAN
    Speeding AWS/Azure Migrations with SD-WAN
    Manan Shah, Director, Product Management, Cisco SDWAN Recorded: Jan 26 2018 47 mins
    Public cloud migration is fraught with many issues in networking infrastructure. These include,
    - Extending secure connectivity from the enterprise to the cloud is operationally complex
    - Cloud traffic flows sub-optimally through the centralized data center/DMZ, instead of directly from the branch or from a regional exit - this affects performance of applications
    - Implementing a unified WAN policy on disparate pieces of cloud infrastructure is difficult

    Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology makes public cloud projects faster and simpler for the networking teams. The following topics will be covered:

    - Extend your WAN seamlessly to AWS and Azure
    - Implement a unified WAN policy across the enterprise and cloud
    - Typical deployment scenarios for AWS and Azure
    - Real customer examples of public cloud migration
  • Voice of the Customer: Acadia Healthcare, Clinics gain reliability with SD-WAN
    Voice of the Customer: Acadia Healthcare, Clinics gain reliability with SD-WAN
    Eric Lester, Director of Network Services, Acadia Healthcare Recorded: Jan 26 2018 45 mins
    The Network Architect of Acadia Healthcare, shares his transformation journey across 100s of clinics.
    The main problems faced was an unreliable network that led to revenue loss at clinics. And the inability to roll out cloud-based EMR (Electronic Medical Record) systems on the traditional WAN.

    Learn how Acadia, one of the largest behavioral health clinic organization, went through the planning and implementation. The transformation has enabled the Acadia IT team to:
    ·  Migrate to cloud-based healthcare (EMR/EHR) applications
    ·  Ensure 100% network uptime of patient and administrative services
    ·  Transition to Hybrid WAN for Active/Active utilization and application based path selection
    ·  Achieve zero-touch IT capability while migrating the clinic footprint to the cloud
    ·  Rapidly enable services like guest WiFi, and cloud-based VoIP and medicinal dispensing

    This will also cover how healthcare service providers face major hurdles with their network infrastructure to deliver innovative cloud-based patient services. 15+ years of status quo has created a rigid infrastructure that cannot support modern cloud-based in-clinic services.
  • Solving Office 365 and SaaS Performance Issues with SD-WAN
    Solving Office 365 and SaaS Performance Issues with SD-WAN
    Ramesh Prabagaran, Sr. Director, Product Management, Cisco SDWAN Recorded: Jan 26 2018 49 mins
    Major research highlights that most of the Office365 deployments face network related problems - typically manifesting as screen freezes. Limited WAN optimization capability further complicates the problems for most SaaS applications. To compound the issue, different SaaS applications issue different guidelines for solving performance issues. We will investigate the major reasons for these problems.

    SD-WAN provides an essential set of features that solves these networking issues related to Office 365 and SaaS applications. This session will cover the following major topics:

    - How traditional networks impair O365 performance, and why?
    - Why enterprises overlook the importance of strategically placing cloud gateways
    - Understanding tradeoffs among reliability, performance and user-experience when architecting the WAN for your cloud
    - Best practice architectures for different kinds of SaaS applications
  • ServiceNow: Delivering Efficient Service Management with SD-WAN Alarms
    ServiceNow: Delivering Efficient Service Management with SD-WAN Alarms
    Molly Fischer, Strategic ISV/OEM Platform Alliances, & David Gatley, ISV Advisory Solutions Architect, ServiceNow, and Paul K Recorded: Jan 26 2018 29 mins
    Architects from ServiceNow share key integration elements of the SD-WAN architecture that are critical for IT operation teams. Cisco SD-WAN has full bulit-in automation with ServiceNow. As large portions of network infrastructure foundation transform with SD-WAN, how does this impact the resolution and ticketing processes for helpdesks? ServiceNow has been an integral part of Cisco SD-WAN deployments from the start, enabling end users to submit and track requests with this new technology.

    The integration consists of key alarms and triggering events that enable ServiceNow to automatically submit tickets for service problems, prioritize and assign them, and map them to any existing tickets. The integration provides complete control with IT service visibility for all outages.
  • Voice of the Customer: REI's Retail Store Transformation with SD-WAN
    Voice of the Customer: REI's Retail Store Transformation with SD-WAN
    Adam Burton, IT Network Manager, Mayra Guia, Network Engineer, Rich Russell, Senior Network Engineer, REI Recorded: Jan 25 2018 48 mins
    Network architect’s from REI share their transformation journey at one of the most reputed retail stores for outdoor recreational activities. The retailer has completed majority of its SD-WAN transformation at 150 stores/locations and will share the before/after picture on performance, manageability and security.

    This session will cover the range of issues plaguing the retail industry and their needs to modernize network infrastructure. Requirements in retail include improved customer experiences, store analytics, no outages at registers, a robust security framework for PoS/IoT and most importantly, simple, cloud manageability. Segmenting the WAN is now a critical feature in retail, especially to isolate PoS, IoT devices and gateways, voice and other applications.
  • Securing Branches with Secure Internet Gateways (SIG) and SD-WAN
    Securing Branches with Secure Internet Gateways (SIG) and SD-WAN
    Barry Fisher, Tech. Marketing, and Sumanth Kakaraparthi, Product Management, Cisco Umbrella Recorded: Jan 25 2018 46 mins
    With a disappearing security perimeter, enterprises need to build a comprehensive set of defenses at the network and applications layers. SD-WAN solves one critical security piece of network security with features such as authentication, encryption, segmentation and service chaining.

    However, this must be complemented by sophisticated cyber security mechanisms beyond simple SWG. In addition to URL filtering, Adv. threat defenses and malware protection, the enterprises defenses must expand to a broader scope to address phishing attacks, DLP, and other malicious intents. This area covers combination of functionality including DNS, CASB, Firewalls and SWG.

    We will discuss how enterprises are solving these challenges. You will learn how to:
    • Enable branch transformation by unifying cloud and on-site platforms — secure internet gateway with firewalls and software-defined WAN with routers.
    • Integrate the full networking and security stack to protect branch users, devices/things, and application usage at tens to thousands of direct internet access breakouts with simplified cloud management.
    • Defend against malware infections, C2 callbacks, and phishing attacks inside-out as well as unauthorized access and denial-of-service attacks outside-in.
    • Segment against lateral movement and compliance violations as well as ensures zero-trust security internal to the encrypted WAN fabric.
  • Verizon: Case Studies in Managed SD-WAN Deployments
    Verizon: Case Studies in Managed SD-WAN Deployments
    Anuj Dutia, Sr. Manager - Product & New Business, Verizon Recorded: Jan 24 2018 59 mins
    Verizon has been involved with large global SD-WAN deployments with Cisco SD-WAN technology in banking, healthcare and manufacturing industries. This webinar investigates the lessons learned and best practices employed in these SD-WAN deployments.

    Verizon has been one of the earliest carriers to rollout SD-WAN, back in 2015. Enterprises who have deployed cloud and mobile services have migrated to SD-WAN infrastructure for predictable application performance. This has been achieved by transforming the network to create a single intelligent platform that responds to applications’ needs and adapt to changes quickly. Cisco SD-WAN and Verizon bring a fully integrated and customizable hybrid networking solution to increase bandwidth, agility and reliability while maintaining security through real life use cases and in-field deployment scenarios.
  • IDC: The Next Wave of SD-WAN Transformation, Research and Predictions
    IDC: The Next Wave of SD-WAN Transformation, Research and Predictions
    Brad Casemore, Research Director, Datacenter Networks, IDC Recorded: Jan 24 2018 39 mins
    As SD-WAN moves from early adopters to the mass market, there are a distinct set of use cases that stand out among the rest. IDC Analyst will share research insights on these major use cases and what enterprises should expect from SD-WAN in the next 12 to 24 months.
  • What to Ask Your Vendor – The Essential SD-WAN Capabilities
    What to Ask Your Vendor – The Essential SD-WAN Capabilities
    Ramesh Prabagaran, Sr. Director, Product Management, Cisco SDWAN Recorded: Jan 24 2018 58 mins
    As thousands of customers have adopted SD-WAN, the industry has seen more confusion than clarity with regards to feature requirements. Gartner has defined the four key requirements for SD-WAN (see below), but there still more critical features required to meet the enterprise-grade capabilities. For example, network segmentation to isolate critical applications has been a widely deployed feature since the Target breach.

    This webcast will cover essential enterprise SD-WAN features beyond the basics, and how they are important for the common deployment scenarios across industries. These features include:
    - Overlay capability over MPLS, Broadband and LTE
    - Cloud-ready capability for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and more
    - Unified and centralized management of all WAN infrastructure
    - Network segmentation with per-segment topologies
    - Predictable Application SLA with centralized policies and real-time traffic steering
    - Mature routing capabilities with BGP, OSPF, VRRP, and IGMP
    - Unified and centralized management of all WAN infrastructure
    - Robust-zero trust WAN security including authentication, encryptions, segmentation and service chaining

    As a background, here are Gartner’s four key requirements for SD-WAN:
    - SD-WAN solutions provide a lightweight replacement for traditional WAN routers, and are agnostic to WAN transport technologies (that is, they support MPLS, Internet, Long Term Evolution [LTE], etc.).
    - Based on business and/or application policies, SD-WAN solutions allow for load sharing of traffic across multiple WAN connections in an efficient and dynamic fashion.
    - SD-WAN solutions dramatically simplify the complexity associated with management, configuration and orchestration of WANs.
    - SD-WAN solutions must provide secure VPNs, and have the ability to integrate additional network services and offload Internet-destined traffic closer to the edge of the network.
  • Network Architect Roundtable: Best Practices on SD-WAN Migration
    Network Architect Roundtable: Best Practices on SD-WAN Migration
    Host: Tom Hollingsworth | Panel of Network Experts: Eyvonne Sharp, Greg Ferro, Dominik Pickhardt, John Herbert, Phil Gervasi Recorded: Jan 24 2018 46 mins
    Join a panel of seasoned network engineers, experienced with SD-WAN deployments from the early days, as they debate their views and experiences with the technology. This roundtable discussion moderated by GestaltIT will uncover best practices and insights for network professionals on how to deploy SD-WAN technology and integrate it into existing network architectures.

    SD-WAN adoption continues at a rapid pace, but major concerns remain on which features are the most fundamental and differentiating and the best approach for a successful deployment. The major discussion topics will include:

    • Defining and enforcing app aware routing policies
    • Critical security considerations, especially in financials and healthcare industries
    • Bridging overlay routing across broadband, MPLS and LTE
    • Segmentation and policies to meet enterprise grade requirements
    • Addressing critical challenges with Cloud deployments

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