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Connecting the branch to data center and cloud (SaaS)-based applications is critical for operations at many distributed organizations. For example, retail banks, retail stores and restaurants all rely on continuous, secure IT operations for their revenue generation. SD-WAN is a powerful technology to accelerate connectivity to remote based applications – but SD-WAN alone does not solve the cost and complexity of IT operations at the edge of the network.
Advances in cloud-based network and security intelligence now enable services to be delivered from the cloud to branch networks. This enables IT to ease provisioning challenges, centrally manage policies and delivery security across the full range of branch network functions. SD-WAN technology based in the cloud and with open APIs to support a robust partner ecosystem can be the platform for the cloud delivered branch.
Benefits of the Cloud Delivered Branch
The scarcity of trained IT resources at remote branch offices complicates IT operations. To support digital transformation initiatives, IT needs to be proactive to performance, availability and security challenges.
Distributed organizations benefit from network solutions that can be rapidly deployed and securely managed with end-to-end visibility via a centralized console. Cloud-based network intelligence can automate many of mundane tasks of network administrators, including scripting, provisioning and ongoing traffic management.
Application prioritization and security policies can be created in the cloud once and then broadly deployed. WAN management can ensure consistent application performance via ongoing traffic monitoring. Intelligence in the cloud means that upgrading or expanding capacity can be enabled with a few clicks and that features sets are always current.
Multi-vendor, Best in Breed
Combined with open API’s and a robust partner ecosystem, cloud-based intelligence enables IT organizations to deploy best in breed network and security solutions from multi-vendors. In addition to SD-WAN, cloud-based services can include next generation firewall security, collaboration and UC, multi-cloud integration, and IT analytics and operational tools. Each service can be quickly provisioned in the cloud and centrally managed.
Meet the Author
Lee Doyle is Principal Analyst at Doyle Research, providing client focused targeted analysis on the Evolution of Intelligent Networks. He has over 25 years’ experience analyzing the IT, network, and telecom markets. Lee has written extensively on such topics as SDN, NFV, enterprise adoption of networking technologies, and IT-Telecom convergence. Before founding Doyle Research, Lee was Group VP for Network, Telecom, and Security research at IDC. Lee contributes to such industry periodicals as Network World, Fierce, and Tech Target. Lee holds a B.A. in Economics from Williams College.