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Network Function Virtualization Will Enable Greater Managed WAN Agility and Flexibility

Published: 28 July 2016

ID: G00308102

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard , Bjarne Munch , Ted Corbett , Danellie Young


Managed WAN services are fundamentally changing from stand-alone physical devices to virtualized SD-WAN and NFV services. Enterprise network leaders can use new delivery options to simplify networks, improve agility and align the WAN to better use resources and applications in the public cloud.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
    • VNF Benefits
  • Risks
    • VNF Risks
  • Evaluation Factors
  • Recommendations

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