Ensuring application experience at the branch is a daunting task. IT must look beyond traditional WAN challenges (like bandwidth, transport type, and speed) to applications experience. As time-to-market becomes a pillar of enterprise’s competitive advantages, application experience is key to ensuring fast service and high customer satisfaction.
In today’s connected world, users demand instant connectivity and seamless experience. As the business innovates, the burden on the WAN intensifies, yet three-fourth (75%) of today enterprises say their bandwidth budget will remain flat. IT knows this, and they plan ahead. They evolve their network into a hybrid WAN (see Figure 1), utilize the latest technologies, but application performance still suffers. Why?
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Our 2013 IT Impact Survey highlighted the importance of collaboration between business leaders and IT as trends like BYOD, data center consolidation and Cloud applications put more pressure on the network. Why collaborate? The survey highlighted that 34% of application roll outs over the prior 12 months were delayed because of not enough budget. You would think that if applications were a priority IT would be given sufficient budget to make sure the network was ready to handle the extra traffic. Unfortunately, according to Nemertes, most organizations’ WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015, meaning that adding bandwidth is often not an option for IT. So how can you do more with less?
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Tags: branch, hybrid WAN, Intelligent WAN, ISR, ISR 4000, IWAN, WAN
These are just a few of the many questions that were asked on the webinar ‘How to Deliver Uncompromising Branch Application Performance‘:
- Would DMVPN also allow me to easily integrate networks using multiple MPLS providers?
- Is there a specific router model, IOS required for a PfRv3 branch controller and master controller?
- Can you explain how the direct spoke-to-spoke routing is accomplished when using DMVPN?
- Is using BGP with DMVPN scalable? Wouldn’t we have to define each neighbor?
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A few weeks back, Gartner analyst Bjarne Munch stated, “Internet and MPLS play an equally important role for enterprise connectivity. Network planners must establish a unified WAN with strong integration between these two networks to avoid performance problems.”[i]
So, why should IT move to a hybrid WAN architecture? What are the benefits?
#1 – Control Costs
Growth in bandwidth demand is overwhelming customer networks, particularly at the branch. IP traffic is expected to grow three times over the next five years due to video, cloud applications, rich media and data center centralization. At the same time, Nemertes’ 2014 WAN Best Practices and Success Factors report states that 60% of IT WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015. Read More »
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When customers ask me why they should care about hybrid networks,
I ask them the following questions.
- Did the number of mobile devices in your enterprise increase?
- Did the number of applications on your datacenter increase?
- Do your employees and guests expect to stay continuously connected while in the office?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, you may need more bandwidth! If you want more bandwidth without a major increase in your OPEX, then you should consider hybrid networks.
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