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How Do SD-WAN and UCaaS Work Together?

  As businesses continue to move their voice technology to the cloud, software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) emerges as a supplemental networking solution to optimize that move. Combining SD-WAN with unified communications as a service (UCaaS) brings a host of benefits to a business, and we look at three of the biggest below. Improved network. UCaaS…

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Introducing the Next Era of SD-WAN

Countless businesses around the world are already enjoying the many benefits of software defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN), and each day new enterprises are realizing this technology is best suited to meet their increasing networking needs. But, like most modern innovations, the foundations of SD-WAN have evolved in recent years, and an improved version now exists…

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SD-WAN and MPLS: Technologies Growing Together

One of the biggest selling points for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is that it can function as a replacement for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). Despite the fact that MPLS is threatened with obsolescence in the face of SD-WAN, there’s actually a business case for keeping both SD-WAN and MPLS together as complementary technologies. Why Should…

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Helping Customers See the Benefits of SD-WAN

Struggling to sell SD-WAN? Take some advice from an industry expert. While the advantages of a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) are obvious to those in the networking house, outsiders can sometimes struggle to see the strengths of this new type of technology. Fortunately, Chris Donlan, a Solutions Architect and SD-WAN Evangelist for MicroCorp, is…

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When Do Your Customers Need SD-WAN?

We all know there are plenty of benefits to software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), but not everybody has caught on to that point yet. Maybe some are making do with their current WAN setup, or others aren’t even hooked into a WAN at all. That means opportunity, and there are ways to tell when a…

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SD-WAN Has Not Completely Replaced MPLS

When even a major research operation like Gartner is asking questions like “Is MPLS dead?”, it can be forgiven that some might think multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) has joined the great dumpster of technological history. It’s a funny thing, but most of the people suggesting that MPLS has passed on are largely connected to software-defined wide area…

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Infographic: SD-WAN In The Year Ahead: Waxing, Waning, and Changes

Like any innovative technology, SD-WAN evolves rapidly. For businesses utilizing SD-WAN or evaluating its implementation, there are a few considerations to keep in mind for the coming year.

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You’re Not Too Late for Your Share of SD-WAN Sales

It’s easy to feel left behind on a lot of topics these days. Wish you’d bought a pile of bitcoin back in 2011? Wish you’d bought Google at the IPO? Being left behind is an easy state to be in, but the good news for those looking to make sales in software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN)…

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SD-WAN: Don’t Worry, You Haven’t Been Left Behind

It’s easy for MicroCorp partners to feel like they’ve missed the SD-WAN train. While seeming like it’s all the rage, it is actually here to stay, and if you haven’t made the effort to educate yourself on the ins and outs of the technology (or SDN, for starters) then of course you’ll be daunted. But,…

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Demand Customization in Your Clients’ SD-WAN to Ensure Success

The new enterprise has arrived. No longer are employees required exclusively to arrive at a set start time at a physical location, find comfort in a cube and churn out unrealistic outcomes. Today, technology has made flexibility possible through the cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications that help companies achieve success regardless of…

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Bigleaf’s John Hogan talks SD-WAN, Sales, and Advice for Channel Partners

As SD-WAN makes its way around the channel — challenging forecasts for MPLS, sales, and expertise — we reached out to John Hogan, VP of Partner Sales & Business Development for Bigleaf Networks to give us his scoop on SD-WAN as it stands today. We talk sales opportunities, the types of SD-WAN, and advice for…

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SD-WAN Offers Answers to Network Security Problems

Enterprises often take a layered approach to security, deploying solutions for network, compute and application. With so many solutions increasingly being network-centered, such as Internet of Things components and cloud technology, many organizations are recognizing the need for a network-focused security strategy. In many cases, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is able to address the…

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The Complications of Hybrid SD-WAN

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is creating a significant buzz in the IT world, but despite its myriad benefits, many companies that implement it aren’t doing so as a replacement for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). Instead, SD-WAN is being added to existing MPLS configurations to eliminate complexity and create differentiation. The benefits of implementing SD-WAN…

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Understanding the Differences Between SD-WAN and SDN

There has been an explosion of interest in software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) as enterprises look for ways to quickly equip new branches with network access and address security needs for a growing IT infrastructure. As SD-WAN becomes more widespread, it is easily confused with its predecessor, the still-relevant and useful software-defined networking (SDN). SD-WAN…

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Comcast’s Cary Tengler Talks Sales, SD-WAN, and Partner Success

I sat down with Cary Tengler, Executive Director, National Partner Programs at Comcast to talk about how partners can find the opportunities to sell evolving technologies. As technologies evolve rapidly, it is the constant struggle of the partner to keep up with new solutions, and how to sell them. I talked with Comcast’s Cary Tengler…

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How the Cloud is Driving SD-WAN

The adoption of Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is increasing, providing enterprises with a host of benefits. 451 Research reports that one in five companies indicate that they’ll adopt SD-WAN in the following year, and an additional 30 percent say that adoption of SD-WAN is on their radar. The benefits of implementing SD-WAN include: The ability to optimize connections…

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How to Pick Your SD-WAN Provider

SD-WAN is a software-based approach to managing a WAN, and there are a number of reasons why your customers should consider its adoption. Once the decision to move forward with SD-WAN is made, however, it’s important to properly vet solutions and vendors.

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SD-WAN: Contender or Just a Pretender?

We are all learning the acronym SD-WAN, but to layer 2 and 3 OSI model aficionados, it can be hard to accept how an upstart layer 7 software application can potentially replace a stalwart layer 3 technology like multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). Which begs the question: Is SD-WAN a contender, or just a pretender in…

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SD-WAN: Panacea or Pandora?

SD-WAN is getting a great deal of air play in the industry right now, promising to solve every network challenge that embattled network architects and operators are experiencing today from insatiable bandwidth requirements and costs through simple network resiliency and management. But what is marketing fluff, and what is real? What are the real drivers…

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SD-WAN Technology Will Continue to Expand in 2017

Enterprise tech experts believe that 2017 is going to be a big year for integrated network technologies, particularly with regard to appliances. Integrated networks are now far easier to deploy and manage than they were even a couple of years ago, and many pundits are predicting that the enterprise space will see a sharp rise…

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SD-WAN: Get Past the Hype

While SD-WAN officially flew past the hype stage of Gartner’s emerging technologies cycle in 2015, but it is still in that stage for many a partner, agent, and CIO. It’s important to step back and recognize what SD-WAN can and cannot do for businesses. With all the noise out there, SD-WAN is still in its…

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SD-WAN: Will This Be the Year Security and Networking Become One and the Same?

The IT space has been abuzz with whispers that security and networking could soon be headed for a convergence, with networking taking over security needs (or vice-versa). Some pundits are predicting this shift could take place as early as this year, with SD-WAN technologies drawing particular attention due to two main factors: their popularity, and…

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Enterprise WAN Circuit Access Options: Ethernet is the New T1

T1s = Tried and True (but a little dated…) T1s dominated the enterprise WAN market until the past few years. T1s were widely used for enterprise WAN networks, and provided modest speeds – carriers bonded T1s to achieve up to 10 Mbps. T1s were an established technology, but soon became outdated with the emergence of…

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