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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?

WAN Manager Podcast 210: MPLS is Dead. Long Live MPLS.

WAN Manager Podcast 210: MPLS is Dead. Long Live MPLS.

April 27, 2021

The average enterprise network had MPLS running at 82% of sites in 2018. That fell to just 58% in 2020. About one-third have active backups—and a quarter have passive backups—for their MPLS service.

Okay, we have to ask: what is the role of MPLS in the WAN moving forward? Industry expert and independent consultant Keith Langridge joins Greg to discuss the many different ways you can try to answer this question.

Is MPLS dead? Dying? Here to stay? Too complicated to say?

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MPLS Holding on in 2021

SD-WAN Adoption is on the Rise

Four New SD-WAN Findings for 2021

More 2020 WAN Manager Survey Results

About the WAN Manager Survey

Take the WAN Manager Survey

About the WAN Cost Benchmark

Explore the WAN Forum

WAN Manager Podcast 209: Survey Says

WAN Manager Podcast 209: Survey Says

April 19, 2021

Greg is joined by Analyst Elizabeth Thorne to dig into TeleGeography's latest WAN Manager Survey data.

From SD-WAN adoption stats to network configuration preferences and MPLS trends, the pair covers a lot of ground. If you want to learn more about the survey, those who take it, how we run it, and what the top-level findings are from our latest batch of data, punch that play button.

And if you like information like this, we hope you'll enjoy the WAN Forum, a new content subscription for those who manage wide area networks and maintain IT infrastructure. There's lots more like this over there.

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MPLS Holding on in 2021

SD-WAN Adoption is on the Rise

Four New SD-WAN Findings for 2021

WAN Managers Reflect on COVID-19 Challenges

WAN Wargaming Series

About the WAN Manager Survey

Take the WAN Manager Survey

About the WAN Cost Benchmark

WAN Manager Podcast 208: The Art of Zen and Network Monitoring

WAN Manager Podcast 208: The Art of Zen and Network Monitoring

April 5, 2021

Our latest episode of the WAN Manager Podcast is all about network monitoring.

Greg is joined by Kentik Co-founder and CEO Avi Freedman; they discuss the history of network monitoring, where it's going, and get a little philosophical in the process.

Most of the enterprises we interview are running dozens or more SaaS applications. And most of our WAN Manager Survey respondents have moved their data centers off-premises—the majority are connecting to multiple IaaS providers. Further, enterprises are increasingly more likely to piece together networks from multiple vendors.

This means we're seeing a more diverse underlay to orchestrate and manage. And a key to the successful management of such includes visibility into and monitoring of the network.

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This episode is brought to you by the WAN Forum. Want a preview of this new content hub for WAN managers? Email us at info@wanforum.com for a first look.

WAN Manager Podcast 207: SmartNICs, Explained

WAN Manager Podcast 207: SmartNICs, Explained

March 29, 2021

Most of our listeners are probably familiar with network interface cards (NICs, if you're savvy). But what about SmartNICs?

Fiserv's Michael Wynston is back with a full explainer on what SmartNICs are and how they differ from your run-of-the-mill network interface card. Greg and Michael look closer at this emerging technology and why WAN managers and those who serve them might want to take note.

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The WAN and Working from Home

WAN Managers Weigh Greatest Challenges of Remote Working

About the WAN Geography Benchmark

About the WAN Cost Benchmark

About the WAN Manager Survey

This episode is brought to you by the WAN Forum. Want a preview of this new content hub for WAN managers? Email us at info@wanforum.com for a first look.

WAN Manager Podcast 206: A Very Global Network

WAN Manager Podcast 206: A Very Global Network

March 8, 2021

It's a case study episode!

Greg is joined by Johan Ihse, product owner of global connectivity at H&M. As with previous WAN manager interviews, we'll focus on the story behind the network. This includes learning about H&M's network set-up, the transformations they've undertaken, and some goals for where Johan would like to see their network go.

The duo dips into WAN security, the benefits of having a telecom background in the WAN management space, and the makeup of a network that supports retail locations around the globe.

From This Episode

Four New SD-WAN Findings for 2021

WAN Managers Weigh Greatest Challenges of Remote Working

Five Years of SD-WAN Migration Stories, Five Takeaways

About the WAN Geography Benchmark

About the WAN Cost Benchmark

About the WAN Manager Survey

This episode is brought to you by the WAN Forum. Want a preview of this new content hub for WAN managers? Email us at info@wanforum.com for a first look.

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