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November 2017, Vol. 6. No. 10

SD-WAN benefits branch networks with simplicity, automation

The rise of cloud and SaaS applications is driving more network traffic over the public internet and wireless networks. The rapid deployment of connected devices and sensors -- for the internet of things -- places new demands on network bandwidth, reliability and security. To address these requirements, IT organizations need to upgrade their WANs. Organizations are rapidly adopting cloud-based software networking technologies, such as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), to meet these next-generation WAN requirements. SD-WAN benefits include secure, reliable access to cost-effective internet bandwidth and a higher quality of service necessary for critical applications. Key trends affecting the branch network The rise of cloud-based applications, growth in mobile workforces and BYOD policies creates new challenges for IT managers tasked with providing secure, reliable access to applications for highly distributed end users. The trends toward mobility, increased video traffic and pervasive use of cloud-based applications increase ...

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