Voice of the Customer: REI's Retail Store Transformation with SD-WAN

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Adam Burton, IT Network Manager, Mayra Guia, Network Engineer, Rich Russell, Senior Network Engineer, REI

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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.

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