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Digital Business and Cloud Demand New WAN Architectures

Published: 10 November 2016

ID: G00317251

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi , Neil Rickard


To successfully serve the growing demand for public cloud-based digital business initiatives, infrastructure and operations leaders must fundamentally rearchitect the WAN. Those who do not will inflict an expensive, subpar user experience on internal and external customers.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Today's Problem
  • Resolution Summary


  • Align WAN Strategy and Architecture With New Business and Application Requirements
    • Performance
    • Availability
    • Cost
    • Flexibility/Agility
  • Compile a Strategy Team From a Broad Range of Disciplines to Map Out the New WAN Architecture
  • Ensure That Cloud Deployment Decisions Influence WAN Strategies and That Current WAN Architectures Influence Cloud Deployment Decisions
  • Evaluate New Technology and Service Options When Refreshing Branch Router Equipment or Renegotiating Service Provider Contracts

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