Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is an evolving technology, so characterising an SD-WAN architecture can be difficult. How SD-WAN was defined five years ago, or even two years ago, is not necessarily how it is defined today. In fact, trying to figure out where it’s going to be a year or two from now has become an interesting thought exercise for some technology leaders.
By Donna Johnson, Vice President of Product and Solution Marketing at Cradlepoint.
Corporate networks have quickly become more and more complex. Change requests are regularly processed in the hundreds by IT security teams, which are then applied to company owned network devices. As a result, underlying network configuration processes increase in size and complexity, impacting the resources needed to manage the required changes.
By Andrew Lintell, Regional Vice President at Tufin.
Technology expectations of businesses and employees are growing and changing every day. But the underlying network which enables us to use this tech properly, can’t always keep up. Instead of being the power behind it, networks can often prove inflexible when it comes to getting the most out of technology in the working environment.
By Kevin Drinkall, EMEA Wireless and Cloud Market Development Manager at Zyxel.
Software-defined networking (SDN) has been hyped for years, but today many signs point toward one conclusion—it has finally arrived. Microsoft just announced that SDN will be a core feature of the much-anticipated Server 2019 release. There is also word from VMWare—call it a pre-announcement announcement—that the company plans to use an SDN-based strategy to take on Cisco on its own networking turf.
By Paul Mercina, Head of Innovation, Park Place Technologies.
5G buzz is peaking. Mobile operators are announcing network launches, many of them later this year. Amid all the 5G hype, it is easy to forget the original 5G promise. Kimmo Aura, Program Director, Business Finland, Connectivity from Finland's telecom acceleration program takes a step back to shed light on the promised end-to-end quality of experience and network slicing, now forgotten in the 5G rush.
for critical national infrastructure organisations who cannot afford to
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By Paul Darby, Regional Director - EMEA, Vidder.
Arguably one of the
biggest challenges facing UK businesses in the coming year is the
continued confusion regarding access to Low Power Wide Area Networks
(LPWANs) that is essential to support the deployment
of IoT at scale.
At a time when
organisations are being actively encouraged by the government to invest
in innovation to drive up productivity, the continued prioritisation of
broadband as a digital economy enabler is short-sighted.
IoT is a technology that is set to deliver far more value than many of
the high bandwidth applications can – and the lack of availability is a
All is not lost
however. LPWAN roll out is a constantly changing situation, with both
network standards and network deployments, licensed and unlicensed,
still evolving. It is also a buyer’s market: there
are a number of propositions ready that will enable organisations to
leverage IoT and gain a competitive advantage. As such, Nick Sacke,
Head of IoT and Products, Comms365 explains
is the independent providers, able to provide access to a blended
network model, who will enable not only IoT at scale today, but also
provide a long term solution that will drive new levels of efficiency
and customer service.
Wes Van Den Berg, Vice President and General Manager, UK&I, Pure Storage, provides an update on recent developments at the company, including the launch of the FlashBlade//S family of products and the introduction of the Evergreen//Flex.
Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
Robert Belgrave, CEO of Pax8 EMEA, shares his plans for the company, following a recent $185 million investment round - with ongoing geographical and technology solutions expansion very much on the agenda. Robert also provides some fascinating insights into the post-pandemic Channel and end user business worlds.
Christian Gilby, Senior Director of Enterprise Product Marketing, Juniper Networks, talks through the recent updates to the Apstra intent-based networking platform, covering edge, Zero Trust and migration services. He also details a recent customer success story.
With the publication of its fourth annual ESG Report, Digital Realty reveals progress towards environmental goals – hitting the milestone of securing one gigawatt of IT capacity in accordance with sustainable building standards.