WAN & The Cloud: Let The Transformation Begin
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12/2/2013 | 8:38:57 PM
Reduced-cost WAN comes out of closet
This well done report gives a glimpse into a future of reduced-cost WAN operations, if software-defined networking materializes in the manner many of us expect it to, it will have a big impact on how we conceive of a WAN. We will routinely rely on the Internet for WAN services and they will be as secure as any today.
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12/2/2013 | 7:20:57 PM
Costs trumping security? Say it ain't so!
I am not sure whether to be shocked or not surprised when the desire for lower costs trumps security. Wow, considering most folks pin the lack of cloud service adoption on security, to see such a shift in priorities is quite interesting.  

When you look at traditional WAN optimization solutions that leverage methods such as packet prioritization (key when you think about technologies such as video conferencing another other bandwidth nightmares), you would think that the traditional network providers (TELCOS: I'm talking to you here) would have figured out that as businesses start to leverage more cloud services, the need to have fast, reliable pipe is going to trump other key features.  Now with non-traditional network providers being able to provide the same services in a more efficient, and perhaps cost efficient, way, it should be read as a wake up call that the new cloud economy is really forcing the encumbents to rethink services to meet the realities that customers are looking for.  If everything resides in the cloud, there will be a shift in how security is leveraged, as pointed out in reference to the shift in encryption technologies.  Maybe this is why we are seeing the shift in views in regards to cloud security.
Susan Fogarty
Susan Fogarty,
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12/2/2013 | 10:48:55 AM
Cloud is coming
Kurt, thanks for this informative report. I think corporate WANs will inevitably migrate to the cloud over time -- it just makes more sense form a cost and efficiency standpoint. You hit the nail on the head when you said the objections because of security concerns are "Pavlovian." Security is probably more stringent in the cloud than in most enterprises, IMO, and specific security controls and services are available with 24x7 monitoring and management.

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