Today we announced a new application-defined fabric for virtualizing the remote office. Built on our ION 3000v, the application-defined fabric allows you to deploy applications anywhere in minutes based on App-SLA, enforcing security, performance and compliance requirements. That’s a radically new approach to virtualizing the remote office that focuses on business needs rather than networking protocols.
The application-defined fabric also establishes a new defense-in-depth security model for direct cloud access from the remote office, extending application policies across the hybrid cloud. By moving cloud access directly to the remote office, a secondary security perimeter ensures that only “white listed” applications are allowed to leave the remote office directly and that malicious traffic is prevented from entering the branch.
So why do we need this new approach? Modern applications, including cloud and collaboration apps impose new requirements on the WAN. For example, according to Microsoft’s guidelines for Office 365 deployment, enterprises should plan for up to 4X increase in WAN bandwidth, and enable direct-to-cloud access from the remote office to avoid sub-optimal user experiences. Simply providing an expensive MPLS link to your datacenter no longer suffices. The WAN needs to support rich experiences offered by modern applications – rich media, collaboration apps, voice apps – all of which can reside in your data center or in the cloud, and put enormous strains on WAN design and the security architecture. Frankly, if achieving this with your existing networking gear sounds like ‘Mission Impossible’ – well…it is!
Sounds like IT utopia? Well, it’s here and now, and deployed in production by many of your peers! Our app-defined fabric enables you, the network administrator, to simply focus on App-SLAs. These App-SLAs are then used by our solution to design and engineer your application traffic across a hybrid WAN, efficiently handle connections to the cloud, meet business requirements and comply with security rules.
But don’t take our word for it… If you’re at VMWorld 2016, you can hear leading companies such as The Blackstone Group, Autodesk, Columbia Sportswear, and others discuss (session NET8903) how they are thinking about the remote office transformation with SD-WAN.