Leveraging SD-WAN for Mergers & Acquisitions

A colleague recently asked me if SD-WAN could be leveraged to expedite network integration as a result of a merger or acquisition. His thoughts were that this could potentially provide a means to securely integration networks in a short amount of time.  At first I thought this made no sense — SD-WAN is not related to this challenge whatsoever. However, the idea stuck in my head like a bad catchy tune. I started thinking… maybe in certain circumstances this could work?  This post is a collection of some ideas I’ve been brewing with respect to the secure and timely integration of disparate networks using over-the-counter SD-WAN. (more…)

What you need to know about Riverbed’s SD-WAN

At the recent Tech Field Day event (NFD10), Riverbed announced it’s entry into the SD-WAN market with it’s new solution currently dubbed Project Tiger. This threw me off guard, for I typically think of Riverbed as an APM or WanOp solution sitting between my Data Centers and large branch sites, optimizing particular traffic. I never conceived the possibility that Riverbed would enter a market dominated by edge routers. Oh, but one should not be so foolish. Riverbed certainly isn’t. With bold statements like, “The future of the WAN is NOT … a router,” it seems that Riverbed is prepared for disruption. (more…)