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SD-Winter is Coming

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on April 15, 2019 by Arun Kirupananthan

With the final season of Game of Thrones underway, for years the folks of Westeros have been warned that “winter is coming.” To protect against the threats from the north, they built a huge ice wall to keep out the bad guys.

Without spoiling too much, in this ultimate season we will find out exactly what happens when the only line of defense – a physical barrier – finally comes crashing down. Winter has come. Will they be ready to fight what comes in?

For years, networking managers have been like the watchers on the wall, keeping an eye out for the first signs of trouble. Legacy networking architecture was built with legacy workloads and workplaces in mind.

Just like the ice wall, those defenses and admin approaches are no longer holding up. Nearly 56% of organizations have adopted or are planning on adopting Office 365. A push to the cloud and new workplace experiences is putting a new kind of strain on the network and the WAN in particular.

As a result, IT managers are struggling with overwhelming management requirements, and end-users are suffering from unreliable, broken application performance and experiences.

A hero is needed, a new force to combat these rising evils. The good news is, we already know who the hero is.

Software-Defined architecture in the WAN (SD-WAN) can help your applications like Office 365 reach their full performance promises while keeping the dangers and risk at bay.

Take a look at our newest infographic to see how traditional WANs compare to the new SD-WAN.

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