Elizabeth Thorne

Elizabeth Thorne is a Research Analyst at TeleGeography. Her work is focused on enterprise network research.

Recent Posts

WAN Pricing Mythbusters: Can SD-WAN Cut Your Network Spend in Half?

Welcome back to the third installment of our mythbusting series, where we break down legends in telecom pricing and see if they hold water. (Don’t miss our investigations on tall tales in local access budgeting and MPLS/DIA pricing lore.)

Five Years of SD-WAN Migration Stories, Five Takeaways

We founded the WAN Summit with the intention of creating a space where enterprise network managers and vendors could come together to discuss trends in corporate networking. While our summits cover everything the WAN touches, it’s no secret that one topic has been at the forefront of many attendees’ minds: SD-WAN.

WAN Managers Consider Zero Trust Security, Face Challenges in Implementation

In the age of high-profile corporate data breaches (check out that top 10 list if you don’t want to sleep tonight), many WAN managers have security on their minds. Traditionally, enterprises treated their network security like a fortress, creating strong defenses at the perimeters of the network to defend the data and resources inside.

WAN Managers Mull Over Data Center Strategies

Like many of our readers, I’m currently working from home. And it’s likely that I will be for the foreseeable future. 

Luckily, TeleGeography just completed its move from a local server that had been living in the IT closet of our DC office to Google’s G Suite solution. We can now access shared files using our at-home broadband connection and G Suite authentication. Despite the uncertainty of the current situation, we’re able to carry on (fairly) business-as-usual.

This is How the Average Enterprise is Managing Their Network in 2020

After another year of polling and interviewing WAN managers around the world, the results of our annual WAN Manager Survey are in.

Once again, we connected with networking professionals from nearly 100 companies, focusing on those whose day-to-day role covers designing, sourcing, and managing U.S. national, regional, and global corporate wide area computer networks. 

What'd we discover? Here are some top-line takeaways.

Analysts Weigh in on Networking in 2020

SD-WAN is still the hot topic among network professionals, but questions remain on how best to implement it. There is more work to be done.

Wargaming Your WAN: Aggregator Broadband & SD-WAN

Elizabeth here again. I’m back for our seventh installment on wargaming your wide area network. This is the series in which we build a hypothetical network, make a bunch of noteworthy changes, chart the results, and then tell you everything we learned.

Wargaming an MPLS Core Hybrid: How to do SD-WAN Without Losing MPLS

Howdy folks, Greg is out on vacation (adventuring in the magical kingdom of Orlando, Florida) so I will be filling in for a bit to continue our series on “wargaming” WAN scenarios.

Six Presentations, Lots of Lessons for WAN Managers

We've learned a lot about WAN management through our involvement with the WAN Summit. Perhaps you've read some of our major takeaways after each of these events around the globe.

Today we're revisiting six conversations that showcase the breadth of challenges faced by WAN managers. These full-session videos cover the cloud, hybrid WAN implementation, security, sourcing, and other network headaches. They also represent discussions in all corners of the globe, from Singapore to Frankfurt to New York.

Enamored by the Cloud, Bogged Down by the Details: Organizing an SD-WAN Migration

A company’s information technology staff needs technology skills, sure. But don't underestimate the importance of organizational prowess.

Nowhere is this more apparent than when a company makes the decision to migrate to software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN). A presentation from GE Digital Principal Architect Gary Holland and Microland Chief Technology Officer Bob Wysocki at WAN Summit London illustrated just this.