Network Requirements are Changing, So Should Your WAN

January 18, 2017

By Maurice Nagle - Web Editor

Change is inevitable. Many resist, but in the end, change is always a constant. Especially in today’s networking world. Traditional WAN architectures will provide dedicated resources and availability, but leave an organization with a static, complex and costly solution in place. Step in Software-Defined and Hybrid WAN, and enter improved network performance and that word again, change.

“A hybrid WAN allows enterprises to keep mission-critical applications (for example, ERP hosted in a private data center) on MPLS, while low priority applications (for example, access to public cloud applications) run on Internet-based VPNs,” says Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert).

A firm like InfoVista, for instance, with its Ipanema solution has separated from the pack. The solution offers robust functionality within a centrally managed system, boasting IPsec and WAN optimization, direct access to Internet, link load balancing, WAN path selection as well as dynamic per-flow or per-packet control. Industry leading solutions such as Ipanema (News - Alert) are up to the networking tasks of today in addition to tomorrow.

As a result, the Ipanema solution was this year named a “Visionary” in Gartner’s (News - Alert) 2016 “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization.” InfoVista (News - Alert) and its future forward solution are used to this type of treatment, as the firm has found a strong foundation in the “Magic Quadrant,” this marks the sixth year in a row with the accolade.

When your enterprise is ready for change, independent analysis is a good place to start your search. This is a measure twice, cut once scenario. Safe is always better than sorry. The WAN is experiencing a major facelift, from virtualization to the cloud and beyond; put the proper pieces together to provide powerful performance and productive employees.

Network operations are complex, period – connecting mobile workers, distant branches and application performance may obviously help business operations but be what IT nightmares are made of. Change is happening all around us, and with the network serving as the backbone of operations this old dog is beginning to learn new tricks.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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