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We are entering the era of digital transformation, Tom De Wit from BT told us. When it comes to professional SD-WAN services, people want to be thoroughly advised on security services and on re-architecting their network. Specifically, they are looking for:
When considering a hybrid WAN, Tom advised, make sure the design is right from the start, balancing performance, security, scale, cost, etc. With a structured and visual overview, you can easily choose the path your data needs to follow, to optimize the capacity and performance of your network. The possibilities seem endless: you can combine virtual routing with NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation) and even with physical routing.
Make use of existing tools to measure network and application performance. It's wise to create a baseline and then work on network improvement and optimisation.
As for NFV: Tom De Wit sees it as your front-end to manage the eco-system of cloud-services, internet and WAN. The benefits for an organisation?
Diving us deeper into NFV, Patrick Sichien, Manager Solution Consultants at Interoute then explained that it provides an answer to many network concerns and issues. In a very structured way, he took us through the different network issues an organisation may encounter and how NFV can provide an answer (see slides 2-4 of his presentation).
Are you about to re-design your network? Slide 7 from Patrick Sichien's presentation offers a structured to-do list!
His conclusions rang out loud and clear:
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