The primary reason for the popularity of the traditional branch office WAN architecture is that until recently there hadn’t been a fundamentally new WAN technology or architecture introduced into the marketplace since the introduction of MPLS almost twenty years ago. That situation began to change a couple of years ago with the introduction of a new class of WAN solutions that takes a software-centric approach to providing WAN products and services. This new class of solutions is typically referred to as a Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN). The large and growing interest in SD-WANs was discussed in a report by Transparency Market Research. According to that report, the global SD-WAN market will expand at a 51.4% CAGR between 2017 and 2025. Rising at this rate, the market will likely become worth US$34.35 billion by 2025.
A majority of IT organizations are experiencing significant changes that impact the requirements for their distributed branch networks. Mobility, cloud-based applications, and Internet of Things (IoT) are altering traffic flows and increasing bandwidth requirements. Employees and guests expect Internet connectivity, which means that employee-facing and IoT devices need reliable, low latency access to their data and applications, and must be securely on-boarded as they interact with centralized services. IT organizations do not have the level of control they once did with traditional architectures, and now face increasing pressure to support these new initiatives even as budget and resources remain lean.
Distributed organizations such as retail, hospitality and healthcare are undergoing a digital transformation to better meet evolving business objectives and compete within their industries. This frequently means that IT must improve operations, deploy new services faster and deliver an enhanced and secure user experience.
Microsoft and Aruba have teamed to leverage Azure IoT capabilities and Aruba’s Analytics and Location Engine to gather, harvest, and analyze real-time contextual information. The solution quickly identifies behavioral changes and trends leveraging Wi-Fi network infrastructure already in use.
This IDC study represents the vendor assessment model called the IDC MarketScape. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor's chances for present and future success worldwide. This study assesses the capability and business strategy of 11 enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) vendors. This evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters expected to be most conducive to success in providing enterprise WLAN solutions, for both the short and long terms. As the enterprise WLAN market is highly competitive and relatively mature, all vendors performed reasonably well in this study.
One of the most common areas of client inquiry involves negotiating with incumbent vendors. Infrastructure and operations leaders who forge strong partnerships with procurement will help drive business-relevant innovations, while reducing capital and maintenance costs by 20% to 50% or more.
The Aruba networking architecture for the software-defined enterprise is designed to be mobile first, and it delivers a network that is open, secure, and autonomous. The velocity, variety, and volume of users and things connecting to networks have forced IT to change the way they build and operate next-generation networks.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE The global workplace is shifting to an environment that fosters an interactive and collaborative relationship with its stakeholders. This new “active facility” design is quickly replacing the existing passive workplace.
Methven is a world-renowned multinational manufacturer of beautifully designed, award winning showers, taps and valves based in New Zealand. After experiencing solid growth, Methven was moving into brand new premises to allow for business expansion, with mobile working a top priority for Alan Henderson.