Wan

How Global Events Impact the Internet

We've discussed the ways in which the WAN is moving away from private networks and MPLS in favor of reliance on the public internet. Not to mention the costs and benefits of that evolution.

Although it's certainly always been the case that WAN managers must stay on top of internet performance and outages, this is increasingly crucial in the internet-first WAN era in which we find ourselves.

SD-WAN's Shift to Security

While the key SD-WAN transformation use case was built around network cost and resiliency, its focus is now shifting to security.

Enterprises have moved to more internet connectivity. Traffic patterns have moved away from on-premise data centers to neutral colo facilities or cloud service providers/hyperscalers. And over the past two years, edge access has moved out of the corporate site—to home and remote connections.

These forces changed how enterprises approach network security, and SD-WAN vendors have responded with new partnerships and feature sets.

This review looks at enterprise security trends and how SD-WAN vendors have adapted to accommodate security needs.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Middle Mile?

Coevolve CTO Ciaran Roche is back on the pod. And he's in the hot seat to discuss how middle mile solutions are selected to solve real-world enterprise WAN issues.

Unpacking SD-WAN Prices

Unlike network services, SD-WAN is not a commodity, and pricing strategies are still in flux. But as the service matures, this is beginning to change.

Median price points have started to decline and the range in reported vendor prices has started to converge.

Let's unpack SD-WAN prices—starting with pricing models.

It's Your Lucky Day. The 2022 SD-WAN Guide Is Here!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, e-book lovers.

We've got a pot of vendor landscaping gold to introduce you to.

Meet the 2022 edition of our SD-WAN Guidedetailing 26 SD-WAN vendors and 90 managed SD-WAN providers in one handy PDF.

Data Centers and Digital Transformation

When it comes to the cloud and digital transformation of the enterprise, it's always useful to come back to the fact that physical geography matters to our digital world.

The Key Aspects of Colocation Pricing

The colocation data center sector is characterized by remarkable price stability—remarkable in that such external pressures as a global pandemic, geopolitical uncertainty, and regulatory restrictions have failed to dramatically sway prices in one direction or the other.

To be sure, there are sometimes short-term movements, but over the span of several years, collective rates shift only slowly from their baseline.

Let's delve into the key aspects of colocation pricing.

The WAN Managers Have Spoken (For Now)

We've crunched the numbers from our survey of WAN managers in 2021 and our new analysis is ready and waiting.

What'd we find?

Integrating Wireless into the WAN

One of the earliest and most persistent use cases for SD-WAN has been the ability to utilize alternative connectivity options like internet and fixed wireless. And our WAN Manager Survey data has shown us that, since 2018, MPLS has been losing ground to other wireline alternatives like DIA and broadband.

Upskilling Network Architects for the Automated Network

Network automation pops up often on the WAN Manager Podcast.

But—you know what's under-discussed? The HR aspect of upskilling IT workers and/or acquiring the right talent to make this transformation and manage it going forward.