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Software-Defined WAN is Business Necessity

Over the past five years there have been significant advancements in increasing the level of agility and flexibility in the data center through software defined networking (SDN).

However, the benefits of SDN have yet to improve the WAN, and are also required to support the more agile datacenters. If businesses are going to ever reach the level of agility required to compete in today's digital world, now is the time for the WAN to evolve into a Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN).

Watch the recording as Zeus Kerravala discusses:

Challenges with the legacy Wide Area Network
Key characteristics of SD-WAN and their impact on business operations
What to look for in a SD-WAN solution provider
Recorded Jun 4 2015 49 mins
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Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research
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    * The roles of SDN, SD-WAN, and NFV in the branch office and the data center
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    * Whether SD-WAN and NFV are the same, complementary, or alternatives to each other

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