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Virtualization and SD-WAN Enable Branch Office WAN Simplification

Published: 01 May 2015

ID: G00275640

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch


Most network managers are feeling the pain of an increasingly complicated WAN with costly and time-consuming branch office solutions. In this note, we discuss four solutions, from traditional appliances to emerging SD-WAN solutions, that can relieve this pain while adding new capabilities.

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Impacts and Recommendations

  • Due to the use of Internet and public cloud services, network managers have found branch office networks increasingly complex and inflexible
  • Emerging software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions enable network managers to simplify the branch office by introducing a central policy manager and replacing complex routing with easily configurable path forwarding

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