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Is your WAN Stressed Out? Take the Intelligent WAN Workout

If you have been following Cisco Blogs, attending CiscoLive, or reading industry publications like Network World,  you’ve probably heard about Cisco’s Intelligent WAN or IWAN solution. For those of you that haven’t been in the loop, have more questions, or are just plain curious about the Intelligent WAN, we have a short webinar series kicking off on the 6th of November at 10am PST.  We will cover the important building blocks for architecting your hybrid WAN infrastructure including:

  • Defining the Hybrid WAN
  • In-depth technical analysis of Cisco’s Hybrid WAN Solution: IWAN
  • How IWAN can help to lower your IT costs

If you belong to an IT organization that is centralizing applications in the public or private cloud to gain efficiencies or are migrating the Internet edge in your branch offices to take advantage of software as a service (SaaS) applications, then make sure you attend this live 60-minute webcast, the first of a  four-part series.  We will show you how a hybrid WAN architecture can help you deliver a consistently high-quality end-user experience while actually reducing your WAN operating costs.

Still not sure if IWAN is for you? Consider these other trends that might be happening in your enterprise network today that could end up causing many sleepless nights in the future:

  • Mobile devices continue to proliferate, and high-bandwidth applications such as video are becoming more and more commonplace, putting pressure on the WAN.
  • According to Nemertes, most organizations’ WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015, meaning that adding bandwidth is often not an option.

Join our Cisco experts and bring your questions with you!

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Hybrid WAN Requires Advanced Network Services

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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IWAN Wed: Say “Yes” and “Now” with Akamai Connect

Cisco and Akamai ConnectHas this happened to you? The line of business comes to you one day and says they have this great new idea to train the sales teams.  “Let’s use YouTube videos”, they say.  Or the CMO comes to you and says, “digital signage will increase our revenue if we can promote this next new line of products that is about to launch”.  Or “This new cloud application looks great and it will increase employee productivity!”

But all you could say was ‘no, that’s not possible’.  Not because you didn’t want to enable each of these groups but because 1) you are short of resources or 2) budget is tight or 3) the infrastructure just isn’t ready yet.  Any or all of the above?

With 80% of the workforce in a non-HQ location, enabling these digital services is daunting to IT.  What happens to other business critical applications if the WAN is flooded with YouTube videos?  Digital Signage is a great idea, sure, but how do I distribute those HD videos or images to the stores?  Cloud applications may seem like not much as a user but what happens if all my users are accessing the cloud at the same time? Read More »

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IWAN Wed: What’s more important? Uptime or Cost?

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 5.25.06 PM“Location, Location, Location” is what you need to keep in mind for real estate in the physical world.  But in today’s
enterprise environment where everything is virtual and many critical apps are in  the data center or cloud, the most important thing is connectivity.

So welcome to the era of connectivity, connectivity, connectivity!

As connectivity is so important, what can we do to ensure the uptime of the branch WAN connectivity without increasing costs?

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Bandwidth Alone Will Not Solve Branch Application Performance

Mark Lohmeyer CLUS 2014For years, many IT organizations have been addressing slow application performance by adding more bandwidth. With broadband speeds available at over 100 Mbps, and the future of Fiber-optic at 1 Gbps, you would think bandwidth would solve all our application problems. However, many organizations are quickly learning that bandwidth on its own is not the answer, especially when it comes to the branch office.

So what is the problem? While connections are getting faster, branch offices still need high reliability. We all know downtime can be very costly. The Aberdeen group estimates that downtime can cost a company, on average, over $160,000 per hour.  And, some hours are more costly than others. For example, if your CEO is talking to shareholders during an earnings call and the network goes out – I would imagine that would cost someone their job.

There are several factors to consider on why “throwing bandwidth at the problem” is not enough. First, let’s consider the impact of data center virtualization. Over the past decade, organizations have been consolidating applications to their data centers. While IT has benefitted from cost savings, applications have moved further away from users. This has resulted in a delay in application response times, which is felt strongest by branch users. Read More »

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