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Cloud Adoption Is Driving Hybrid WAN Architectures

Published: 28 April 2017

ID: G00326543

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch , Neil Rickard


To control and optimize application performance in a diverse and distributed cloud environment, I&O leaders should adopt a hybrid WAN architecture using internet in concert with MPLS, and focus on optimizing transport interconnectivity and functionality to manage application policies.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Architect a New WAN, Leveraging Both Internet and MPLS Services, to Meet the Requirements of Broad and Increasingly Distributed Application Deployments
  • Deploy Physical WAN Interconnections That Enable Ubiquitous Connectivity While Minimizing Latency Between All Branch Offices and All Applications, Across the Hybrid Internet-MPLS WAN
  • Deploy Overlay Functionality, Such as SD-WAN, That Controls, Forwards, and Monitors the End-to-End Application Flows Across All Transport Services and Interconnects

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