Is There a Tear in Your Network Fabric?

If the enterprise WAN is like a fabric, stitched together with hardware, software, and the human resources who maintain it, it’s possible that the advent of the cloud has created a large hole. Is there a tear in your network fabric? Missing Threads For years, the enterprise WAN was composed of interconnecting links and pipes, […]

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Top 3 Takeaways for Choosing an MPLS Alternative for Today’s Enterprise Applications

Today’s enterprise applications place huge demands on the wide area network (WAN), especially in terms of bandwidth and performance, and in addition to providing new challenges for cloud connectivity. This means there are new requirements for the enterprise WAN that must be met if you want to ensure the best performance for your mission- and […]

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Is it really true that “no one gets fired for buying AT&T?”

Not for long: a look at the disruptive forces upending the networking status quo – and why you won’t hear about those forces from the incumbent telecom providers: Collaboration is key to the success of any global business. With the uptick in outsourcing over the past few years, many large and mid-sized companies are setting […]

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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 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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Why MPLS and Cloud Applications Don’t Mix

If you’re in charge of delivering and maintaining a global WAN, then you know the headache that this chart can induce. Why? Because legacy WAN connectivity approaches like MPLS do not address performance challenges for cloud and SaaS applications. This was not the case 20 years ago. In the past, these types of applications lived […]

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What if You Could Software-Define MPLS?

What if your MPLS could: Be deployed in hours or days through one single provider? Provide seamless access to cloud and SaaS applications, along with private connectivity to the branch office or data center? Include WAN Optimization within the network, so that applications run faster and save on bandwidth over the network? You would be […]

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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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Skullcandy switches to Aryaka, meets spike in customer demand

The technology industry has been buzzing with the news that Apple Inc. plans to remove the headphone jack in its immensely popular iPhones. In the past, the headphone industry never used to make much news, until Apple bought Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Given this latest development, the headphone industry will now face a critical […]

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