Should SD-WAN Architectures use POPs?

Multiple flavors of SD-WAN are available on the market today. One area of differentiation amongst them is whether or not there is a vendor-hosted traffic handling component in the architecture. In cases where there is no vendor hosting of traffic handling SD-WAN components, devices owned by the business, or, the existing network, are expected to handle all traffic. In cases where there is a vendor providing hosting of some traffic handling components – such as in a cloud access point of presence (POP) – devices owned by the vendor are responsible for handling some traffic. While on the surface this seems to be an unimportant detail, there are several subtleties that must be considered. Knowing which architecture an SD-WAN solution requires can mean quite a bit when it comes to not only realizing the full benefit of your SD-WAN solution, but also the business implications.
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Is the Enterprise ready for Broadband?

If you haven’t noticed, the theme of my last few blog posts centered around cost savings and optimization in the networking field. What better way than that to broach the subject of utilizing broadband as an alternative to private and leased line access.

Traditionally, broadband access has been shunned by businesses of all sizes for critical links, other than for use as a backup VPN link, due to its characteristics. The most commonly identified issues when describing broadband are: Continue reading “Is the Enterprise ready for Broadband?”

Reducing Branch Office Hardware, Complexity, and Cost

The typical branch office consists of a mix of routers, WAN optimizers, switches, firewalls, wireless, and servers. That’s a pretty considerable investment just in hardware to bring up a moderately sized office. When you add in the costs and labor associated with procurement, installation, and configuration it is easy to see how the bill can equal tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars per location. Continue reading “Reducing Branch Office Hardware, Complexity, and Cost”