The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way we work. And our next scenario illustrates the reality that many IT infrastructure managers are currently facing.
(If you're new here, check out the first post in this series first.)
A large portion of the workforce is now remote at least part of the week. When employees are in the office, they continue to utilize bandwidth-hungry applications like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet to stay connected.
As such, many enterprises are thinking of consolidating the number of sites they have—while increasing bandwidth in those that remain open—in an effort to save money.
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After tracking the WAN market size in 2020 and 2021 with our WAN Market Size Report, we began to think beyond the market as it is today.
What if we could predict what the future of the WAN market would hold?
This week, we're talking about NaaS.
Sure, we've covered NaaS in various contexts on TeleGeography Explains the Internet, but this episode focuses on fabric providers and where they're headed.
For that, we're so glad to have on our outspoken and super knowledgeable friend Michael Wynston, Director of Network Security Architecture & Automation at Fiserv.
So far, we’ve looked at integrating DIA and business broadband into a hybrid WAN. But there are a host of other network services that corporate networks teams have employed in their network transformations.
Our next scenario represents an Internet-first WAN with data center sites, a BYOB (bring your own backbone), if you will.
This customer may be someone with their own servers looking to build a fiber loop around the globe to connect them, even if they are at a neutral facility.
If you want to do a proper review of the state of the corporate WAN—in light of digital transformation, cloud, SD-WAN adoption, and MPLS utilization—there's no one better to talk to than Phil Gervasi, Director of Technical Evangelism at Kentik.
Lucky for me, he was this week's guest on TeleGeography Explains the Internet.
Use of the internet in corporate WANs is quickly growing. And for good reason.
Not only are internet services such as DIA and broadband cheaper than MPLS, many of the SaaS applications and cloud services that enterprises have adopted have been optimized to work over local internet connections rather than through central internet breakouts.
In addition, SD-WAN has emerged as a tool that allows WAN managers to incorporate these lower cost internet services into their network without sacrificing performance or security. But not every network site (or enterprise customer) is a good fit for an all internet WAN.
In our next two scenarios, we take an approach that we see many enterprises taking—designating network sites into tiers and assigning different network services to each tier. This allows companies to add in local internet breakouts at most offices, but keep some MPLS at higher priority sites that need service level assurances.
I recently had the pleasure of not only attending the 2022 European Peering Forum, but also presenting my own update on interconnection geography.
Unsurprisingly, there was a lot to cover. A full 47 slides, to be exact.
Here are some highlights from my presentation.
Back in 2019, we built a hypothetical network to illustrate how different network configurations might affect total cost of ownership (TCO).
Now that it's nearly 2023, we got to thinking, if Cheaper By the Dozen can get a reboot, why can't our hypothetical network series?
So here we are. The world has changed a lot in the last three years, and WAN managers are also facing a number of changes.