Long before Gartner published "Hybrid Will Be the New Normal for Next Generation Enterprise WAN", there were warning signs that the traditional WAN approach — basically enabled by multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) — was beginning to fall out of favor in the enterprise. Despite providing secure, reliable connectivity for decades, MPLS individual links are costly (several times more expensive than broadband Internet links), inflexible, inefficient, and ill-suited for new applications that live in the cloud or on the public Internet.
On the other hand, hybrid WANs — comprising both traditional MPLS connections to the enterprise data center, as well as additional connections via direct broadband to the Internet or a VPN — is being more and more integrated. Nowadays, hybrid WAN has proven to be the preferred solution to alleviating congestion on corporate networks without degrading application performance, making it an appealing alternative to traditional WAN deployments.
To help more enterprises to understand the benefits of transitioning to hybrid WAN, Network World has launched its 2015 WAN Challenge, moderated by Robin Layland, principal analyst for Layland Consulting, and featuring Matthieu Silberman, director of product management for Ipanema Technologies (now part of Infovista).
Matthieu presented "Dynamic Hybrid Networking: The Best of Both Worlds," which explores some of the distinguishing features of dynamic hybrid WAN, including:
- Automatic, business objective-based Hybrid WAN configuration
- End-to-end path selection, based on real-time network performance and traffic conditions,
- Secures offloading directly through the Internet
- A fine-tuned, optimized experience for every user
All of these contribute to optimized application performance, enhanced business continuity and IT and communications cost-savings. For one, enterprise, Solvay, an Ipanema customer in the global chemicals vertical, reduced telecommunications costs by 30 percent after it adopted a global hybrid network and began dynamically controlling all application-performance.
Other enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs) and communications service providers (CSPs) can experience similar results by adopting hybrid WAN, and deploying a dynamic WAN selection tool that allows them to unify application performance and optimize the usage of each available path. With this tool, businesses are able to use and maximize the performance of all the capacity they pay for.
To learn more, see the Network World webcast, "Understanding Hybrid WAN," featuring Tino Canosa, vice president, global partners, at Infovista. Or, download our whitepaper, “Guarantee Application Performance with Dynamic Hybrid Networking.”