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WAN Manager Podcast 220: Would an SD-WAN by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

WAN Manager Podcast 220: Would an SD-WAN by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

August 4, 2021

As we dig into technical standards and definitions, MEF has come up several times on this show. It was only a matter of time before we put them in the hot seat.

In our latest conversation, Greg welcomes MEF CTO Pascal Menezes to walk us through the work the MEF is doing on standardizing the enterprise network.

Why is SD-WAN certification a good idea? How is the WAN developing? What is MEF doing in the Zero Trust Security and SASE space? Listen in to find out.

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WAN Manager Podcast 219: NaaS, Cloud, and the Future of 5G

WAN Manager Podcast 219: NaaS, Cloud, and the Future of 5G

July 12, 2021

Listeners know that we've covered middle mile and NaaS on this show. And we've touched on the various companies that are emerging around these issues. Today we're getting extra perspective from one of those companies.

Greg welcomes Dave Ward, CEO of PacketFabric, to talk through the bigger picture of how these services are emerging in the enterprise network market.

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WAN Manager Podcast 218: The Very Definition of SD-WAN

WAN Manager Podcast 218: The Very Definition of SD-WAN

July 6, 2021

When TeleGeography started tracking the SD-WAN market in 2017, we found dozens of vendors with a service they were calling "SD-WAN."

But are all of these services created equal? What does it take for your solution to qualify as SD-WAN?

Today we pull back and discuss SD-WAN definitions and certification. Greg aims to better understand the exact definition of SD-WAN and how related certification can benefit both end-users and managed service providers. And for that, we're so glad to welcome a true expert on this topic: Marc Cohn, Principal Technology Strategist at Spirent.

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WAN Manager Podcast 217: BorgWarner’s Big SD-WAN Adventure

WAN Manager Podcast 217: BorgWarner’s Big SD-WAN Adventure

June 28, 2021

Are you like the (approximately) half of our survey respondents who have not yet adopted SD-WAN? Or perhaps you're in the midst of deployment and want to know what to look out for. Or maybe you're working out whether or not to keep MPLS?

Today we'll share some perspective on these questions with another case study, this time with Mark Williams, Sr. Manager of Global Networks at BorgWarner.

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WAN Manager Podcast 216: To the Edge and Back

WAN Manager Podcast 216: To the Edge and Back

June 21, 2021

Today we're living on the edge!

Whether we're talking security and SASE, NaaS, or cloud computing—or many other topics, honestly—edge networks and edge computing are likely to make it into the conversation.

Greg welcomes two experts from Catchpoint to help us dig in: CEO Medhi Daoudi and VP of Operations Tony Ferrelli. Medhi's recent blog post Monitoring at the Edge of the Third Act of the Internet sets the tone for a great conversation, spanning enterprise apps, network monitoring, and the geography of the internet.

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WAN Manager Podcast 215: Managing Multinational Network Modifications

WAN Manager Podcast 215: Managing Multinational Network Modifications

June 14, 2021

It's another case study episode of the WAN Manager Podcast. Today we welcome Ian Calderbank, Enterprise Network Architect at PageGroup, to the hot seat.

In his conversation with Greg, Ian details the network transformation process for a multinational staffing agency.

An environment packed with knowledge workers and downtown office space, it sounds like an enviable position to be in as a WAN manager, no? But there's no shortage of lessons learned as the pair gets into pre-SD-WAN solutions, organizing major network transitions, overlay/underlay troubleshooting, and security strategy.

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WAN Manager Podcast 214: Citing Our Sources

WAN Manager Podcast 214: Citing Our Sources

June 7, 2021

In this episode, we dig into sourcing. Our listeners know that we often discuss the migration of large enterprises away from one or two global suppliers for a mostly MPLS network to a novel mix of transport types and suppliers. This is especially true due to changing trends in cloud migration, SD-WAN, and security.

May it be local internet breakouts from a variety of ISPs alongside MPLS or sourcing a backbone between data center nodes, many enterprises have taken on a “telco-like” role in buying connectivity directly.

For more on the state of sourcing, Greg welcomes Steve Rome, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of Advantage. The pair wastes no time cutting through the complexity of sourcing the modern WAN.

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Join Us June 17 for an Exploration of Cloud and WAN Geography

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sourcing Internet

For WAN Forum Members: Optimizing Hybrid WAN Costs with SD-WAN

WAN Pricing Mythbusters

Wargaming Your WAN

About the WAN Cost Benchmark

Take the 2021 WAN Manager Survey

Download our SD-WAN Vendor Guide

Visit the WAN Forum

WAN Manager Podcast 213: Nailing Down Network-as-a-Service

WAN Manager Podcast 213: Nailing Down Network-as-a-Service

June 1, 2021

Our data shows that a majority of enterprises have more than one IaaS provider. For SaaS, that number can be dozens, hundreds, even more. And most have moved the majority of their data centers off corporate premises to some kind of shared facility.

This means most companies are dealing with multi-cloud connectivity in some shape or form; WAN managers of course have to handle that from a performance and cost perspective.

Today we hear from a data center insider, diving into network-as-a-service models, multi-cloud connectivity, data center interconnectivity, and the intersection of these topics.

We're joined by Christian Koch, Senior Director of Interconnection at DataBank. You might know him as the co-founder of NYNOG or perhaps you subscribe to his popular weekly internet infrastructure newsletter.

 
WAN Manager Podcast 212: Submarine Cables—It’s Not Bitcoin

WAN Manager Podcast 212: Submarine Cables—It’s Not Bitcoin

May 17, 2021

We often say that we'll be taking a "deep dive" into an issue at the beginning of our WAN Manager Podcasts. Today we almost mean that literally, as Greg welcomes TeleGeography Research Director Alan Mauldin to talk about submarine cables.

Whether you're joining us from the vendor side or enterprise side, you might want to know why submarine cables—usually thought of as a wholesale telecom issue—are relevant to the corporate WAN.

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WAN Manager Podcast 211: I’m Just the Middle Mile Man

WAN Manager Podcast 211: I’m Just the Middle Mile Man

May 10, 2021

We're going back to the middle. The middle mile, that is.

Like many telecom terms, this is one that you might have to follow up with “what exactly do you mean by that?”

Greg dives into how one approaches the mysterious middle mile with Ciaran Roche, founder & CTO of Coevolve. What are vendors doing? How does Coevolve advise clients on all things middle mile? How is the middle mile space developing? Listen and learn.

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What is Internet Middle Mile?

Episode 203: Stuck in the Middle Mile With You

Watch Our Panel Discussion on Middle Mile

TeleGeography's Cloud Infrastructure Map

How to Connect to the Cloud

About the WAN Manager Survey

About our Internet Middle Mile research

About Cloud and WAN Infrastructure

Explore the WAN Forum

For WAN Forum Members: Traversing the Internet’s Middle Mile

For WAN Forum Members: What problem is the middle mile trying to solve?

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