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Cisco + Viptela: Where is the WAN?

Where’s the Beef? In the era where hamburgers were all about the bun and very little about meat, Wendy’s ran a memorable campaign called, “Where’s the Beef?” The point? The real benefit of the hamburger is the meat, not the bun – and Wendy’s was taking on the problem of customer satisfaction, not by bringing […]

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Why Global Enterprises Need a Global SD-WAN…but Don’t Need MPLS

SD-WANs can simplify life for a global IT organization, making it easier to spin up new branches anywhere in the world and securely deliver a consistent set of WAN and IT services without waiting for an MPLS connection to be provisioned. Instead, either initially or permanently, new locations can be brought up by using whatever […]

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3 Simple Ways for Choosing the Right MPLS Alternative

In our cloud-enabled world, MPLS is on the way out – but it’s dying a slow death. Legacy networks have not been made completely obsolete, but as more organizations attempt to access resources in the cloud or connect remote and mobile users across disparate geographies, we’ll find that our networks become more and more difficult […]

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Why the Enterprise WAN Needs Disruption

Global enterprises can no longer depend on legacy networks like MPLS to achieve the same results that they saw even five years ago. Cloud platforms and SaaS applications are becoming standard for the enterprise, which is leaving the capabilities and usefulness of MPLS to diminish. This is why master agents, VARs, technology consultants, and systems […]

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Are we witnessing the death of MPLS?

Back in 2013, when Gartner analysts wrote a research document titled “Is MPLS dead?,” I was excited to see validation of something I saw coming for a while: the continuing migration of mission-critical applications from the corporate data center to the cloud was eventually going to make the technology obsolete. MPLS adoption numbers worldwide have ranged […]

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3 Reasons to Blame Your Network for Slow Office 365

I stumbled across a webpage the other day that perfectly captures the frustration knowledge workers experience as productivity applications move to the cloud: “Best practices for using Office 365 on a slow network.” Poor Office 365 performance is all too common these days. After all, we used to access Office programs over the WAN. Now, […]

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Why Not All Enterprise WANs Are Created Equal

Recently, we joined an episode of the Packet Pushers podcast (listen here), and it brought up an interesting discussion on the transition of the enterprise WAN from MPLS to software-defined WANs – and beyond. Why MPLS No Longer Works for the Enterprise MPLS used to be a great product before the enterprise truly globalized and […]

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4 Insights on MPLS Alternatives CIOs Need to Know

What’s the best alternative to MPLS? Last week I co-hosted a webinar with Scott Raynovich, Principal Analyst at Futuriom Research, to answer this in full detail. It was great to be able to provide insights to a variety of global enterprises on how to optimize application delivery for employees worldwide, without the need for legacy […]

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The Slow Death of MPLS

Sometimes, I feel sad for technologies. When they first emerge they are exciting, new, and innovative. But eventually every technology, no matter what problem it was initially created to solve, will be surpassed by something better. Such is the case with Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). The Once-Gold Standard in Secure WAN MPLS was invented and […]

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MPLS is on Life Support: A Case for Pulling the Plug

For years we’ve been predicting and enabling the transition of enterprise networking away from legacy MPLS. With major telcos like AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, and others, partnering with SD-WAN vendors to offer their own version of the solution, it seems quite evident now we have a front row seat to witness the death of MPLS. How […]

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5 Questions MPLS Providers Hope You Won’t Ask

For 20 years, MPLS has been the enterprise answer to providing the organization with stable and reliable connectivity. Today, MPLS providers still serve a $30 billion+ market. However, though a lot has changed with the enterprise WAN over the past two decades, it seems not much has changed with MPLS. MPLS was designed to provide […]

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Is Google Fiber Going to Solve Your Global Connectivity Issues?

The most talked about ISP is finally coming to the Silicon Valley. Google Fiber was approved to install 2,300 miles of their super-powered fiber throughout San Jose, CA. After conquering tech hubs such as Austin, TX, the 1000Mpbs powerhouse has proven it has what it takes to compete with telecom giants such as AT&T and […]

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