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The WAN Is the New LAN

Published: 17 December 2014

ID: G00269754

Analyst(s): Sorell Slaymaker, Danellie Young


New WAN requirements mean new rules for WAN design. Enterprise telecommunications managers and sourcing professionals coping with increased WAN traffic should simplify the WAN architecture by adopting data center LAN architecture principles of overbuilding, simple classification and overlaying SDN.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Overbuild the WAN
  • Simplify QoS
  • Apply SDN Principles to Future WAN Design

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