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How the Cloud is Driving SD-WAN

The adoption of Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is increasing, providing enterprises with a host of benefits. 451 Research reports that one in five companies indicate that they’ll adopt SD-WAN in the following year, and an additional 30 percent say that adoption of SD-WAN is on their radar.

The benefits of implementing SD-WAN include:

  • The ability to optimize connections to the cloud and secure those connections better than with current networks, which is a key driver of SD-WAN use
  • An application-aware approach to WAN, which is becoming more important to IT managers as cloud usage expands
  • Improved agility and cost-savings

Cloud Adoption is Spurring SD-WAN

The migration of companies’ software solutions to the cloud is an independent event, but the use of SD-WAN is occurring alongside it. As IT professionals pursue a transition to cloud software, they don’t want to sacrifice performance or security in seeking out the cost savings and agility that’s found in cloud applications.

A traditional WAN is set up with individual branches connected to a central location using a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) connection or other dedicated circuits. Each branch has a router that acts independently, and traffic on the connection is managed based on static routing.

SD-WAN, by contrast, removes the control plane from the physical devices that are at each branch, which provides central control and visibility over the WAN. This means that enterprises are able to mix and match the connections that are being used and the various carriers, allowing for greater flexibility and agility.

This set-up trades a wheel-and-spokes structure for one where the enterprise can connect directly to the cloud. Additionally, IT professionals have more visibility to work with the entire network footprint and manage traffic for optimized cloud application performance.

As cloud migration continues to increase, it’s expected that SD-WAN will grow alongside it. The same 451 Research poll results indicate that 88 percent of respondents plan to increase their cloud and hosting budgets in 2017.

What’s Holding You Back?

There are some potential obstacles to implementing SD-WAN, and one or more may keep your company from embracing this technology:

  • The cost of new equipment that SD-WAN requires
  • Concerns about the maturity of the current offerings for SD-WAN
  • Internet performance
  • Security concerns

Some experts predict that cloud offerings may soon be bundled with SD-WAN, because the marriage of the two makes sense in nearly every situation.

MicroCorp is an expert in connectivity and the cloud. When you partner with us, you’ll have access to not only the ideal cloud solutions for your enterprise, but also the connectivity you need to support optimized performance and cloud management agility. Give us a call today.

SD-WAN Technology Will Continue to Expand in 2017

Enterprise tech experts believe that 2017 is going to be a big year for integrated network technologies, particularly with regard to appliances. Integrated networks are now far easier to deploy and manage than they were even a couple of years ago, and many pundits are predicting that the enterprise space will see a sharp rise in the number of network appliance deployments this year. Somewhat surprisingly, SD-WAN technology has proven to be a major driver of this shift.

When the integrated network trend first surfaced, it seemed as though NFV technologies were going to be the go-to option for network design and deployment. However, they require a significant investment of IT resources, and many enterprises don’t want to handle all their integration requirements in-house. SD-WAN solutions have stepped in to fill the void, in large part because they offer centralized control and configuration features that greatly reduce the amount of care and feeding the network needs for peak performance.
Major Factors Driving the SD-WAN Trend

In particular, there are five major reasons why SD-WAN has become the solution of choice for integrated networking:

  • An application-oriented focus. Because SD-WAN is so centralized, it supports superior network adaptability and application-level reporting. By contrast, branch networks powered by multi-vendor solutions do not achieve nearly the same level of consistency.
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change. This adaptability carries over to the service, integration, and policy spheres. Generally speaking, SD-WAN networks are the least rigid and most suited to change and flexibility, making them a better fit in a constantly shifting technology landscape.
  • Better processor technologies. Today’s processors have made it possible to assign a wider range of functions to hardware than ever before, without any loss of performance. SD-WAN networks exploit this to their advantage.
  • The rise of cloud computing. Because the cloud has shifted a great deal of Internet traffic to links, SD-WAN has emerged as a prime solution because it vastly reduces the workload placed on other network resources.
  • An “easier is better” mentality. Today, enterprises expect technologies to be easy to use without requiring a great deal of setup. SD-WAN fits the bill, and because it is so much easier to create and deploy, it is supplanting older networking techniques that are comparatively complicated and thus seen as outdated.

The connectivity and communication professionals at MicroCorp offer industry-leading expertise and a comprehensive suite of business-oriented, SD-WAN-powered integrated networking solutions. Please contact a MicroCorp client services representative to learn more.

MicroCorp Hires Veteran Engineer to Bolster Complex Bids, Enterprise Sales

Telecom Distributor hires Sean Weisenburger as its new Engineer to head up its Carrier-Agnostic Engineering Services.

MicroCorp, distributor of commercial data, voice, UC and data center services, announced today that it has named Sean Weisenburger as its new Sales Engineer-Strategic Partner Manager based in Louisville, Kentucky.

As Sales Engineer-Strategic Partner Manager, Weisenburger will lead MicroCorp’s efforts in growing an effective, carrier-agnostic Sales Engineering practice supporting a base of more than 1,500 selling partners. With Weisenburger’s involvement, partners will have his support in architecting data center, cloud, SIP, and blended MPLS network solutions for domestic and international bids. Additionally, Weisenburger will directly support a key group of partners based in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

“The addition of engineering for complex bid support marks an exciting upgrade in the support we offer our partners,” commented Phil Keenan, President of MicroCorp. “As our partners engage larger clients with more sophisticated solution requirements, it’s critical to their success to provide consulting, design and advanced technical expertise to close those deals. Sean possesses that technical expertise, along with years of practical experience with leading carriers that are in our portfolio.”

Weisenburger comes to MicroCorp with deep industry experience. Most recently, Weisenburger was an accomplished Network Design Sales Engineer for Windstream where he won numerous awards, including 2015 Presidents Club/Elite. Prior to Windstream,  Weisenburger held various engineering positions over his 20-year career with ICG Communications, Interspace Computers/Fortress Network Security, and Covad.

Weisenburger attended the University of Louisville and boasts a long list of technical certifications including: Carrier Access Certified Administrator, Microsoft Certified Professional, SonicWALL Certified Engineer, SonicWALL SGMS Engineer, Fat Pipe Certified Engineer, Symantec Certified Engineer, Computer Associates Certified Expert, Adtran Sales Expert, Allworx Certified Engineer, Fortinet NSP, Ruckus WISP (In progress), VMWare Certified Design Expert (in progress) and CCDA (lapsed).

The engineering and complex bid support provided by  Weisenburger is part of MicroCorp’s partner-centric engagement model.  All MicroCorp partners have an assigned Partner Manager to help them build and grow their Cloud and Carrier sales.  MicroCorp partners will be introduced to Weisenburger. Complex bids requiring his expertise will be routed to him through our industry-leading partner portal, Nautilus.