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The Need for NaaS

Our readers likely know about NaaS: cloud-based network architecture that allows a WAN manager to stitch together different enterprise network components in a self-service, automated way.

At the WAN Manager Podcast, we've been watching the ways in which NaaS has emerged as specific products/solutions from vendors, as well as how it integrates with existing WAN strategies from the enterprise side.

Considering Cloud Connectivity Providers

If you’re an enterprise network manager in need of a dedicated cloud connection service, you’re in luck; you’ve got a wide array of service providers and locations to choose from. 

You could set up a link directly with the cloud provider, but why not use a third-party—such as a carrier, colocation provider, or connectivity specialist?

The question then changes. Who are you going to choose? And where will you set up your connections? This often depends on the location of your enterprise WAN in relation to the cloud providers’ regions or data centers.

In this analysis, we’ll explore options available to network managers.

SASE Isn't Revolutionary. It's Evolutionary.

Here's a hot take: the networking hype cycle has moved on from SD-WAN in favor of SASE and now SSE.

Running a Network for a Healthcare Company. During a Pandemic.

Two years ago—when the world shut down—WAN managers had to scramble to accommodate massive changes. Offices transitioned to remote work and navigated brand new traffic patterns.

Our guest on this week's WAN Manager Podcast navigated the added challenge of running a network within the healthcare industry, where business needs were changing in real-time.

Next Stop, Düsseldorf: The WAN Summit Returns to Germany

After a two-year hiatus, the WAN Summit is back in Germany and making its grand return to a live, in-person format.

The new event, WAN Summit Düsseldorf, will revolve around four major themes: SD-WAN, cloud services, underlay networks, and SASE.

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.