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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.

From This Episode

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?

From This Episode

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.

From This Episode

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.

From This Episode

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.

From This Episode

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.

WAN Manager Podcast 205: Putting The Data Center Geography in TeleGeography

WAN Manager Podcast 205: Putting The Data Center Geography in TeleGeography

March 1, 2021

When our new WAN Geography Benchmark got a bit of buzz earlier this year, we thought it'd be cool to invite Principal Analyst Patrick Christian back to the pod to explain how this tool was developed.

It's one of those origin stories where a major customer needed to use several of our databases to run a bespoke analysis of their network. The project sparked a bright idea for how to help other enterprises with their data center decision-making.

In this episode, Greg also asks about the data behind the WAN Geography Benchmark. And Patrick delves into the latest cloud trends from his recent presentation 2021 Trends in Cloud Infrastructure and Global Networks.

From This Episode

Data Center Matchmaking: Finding Your Dream Combo of Connectivity and Cost

How Data Centers Adapted to Disruption in 2020

2021 Global Internet Map Tracks Global Capacity, Traffic, and Cloud Infrastructure

TeleGeography's Cloud Infrastructure Map

About the WAN Geography Benchmark

About Cloud and WAN Infrastructure

About the Data Center Research Service

Join Us on March 4 for a Live Discussion on Internet Middle Mile

WAN Manager Podcast 204: If I Could Turn Back Time

WAN Manager Podcast 204: If I Could Turn Back Time

February 23, 2021

Greg sits down with Daniel Remarc Bognár—the Head of Network Architecture at Norsk Hydro. In this episode, you'll go behind the scenes of a network and walk through the main considerations and major challenges that went into designing it.

We'll also ask the all-important question: if you could go back and change anything about your network design, what would it be?

From This Episode

Four New SD-WAN Findings for 2021

Search SD-WAN Vendor Profiles in Our Free Downloadable Guide

Five Years of SD-WAN Migration Stories, Five Takeaways

About the WAN Geography Benchmark

About the WAN Cost Benchmark

Join Our Live Conversation on Middle Mile on Thursday, March 4, 2021

WAN Manager Podcast 203: Stuck in the Middle Mile With You

WAN Manager Podcast 203: Stuck in the Middle Mile With You

February 8, 2021

A new class of network provider has emerged, optimizing connectivity between the office and the cloud. What do they offer? How do they do it? And what’s happening between the core backbone and local access?

TeleGeography Principal Analyst Erik Kreifeldt is in the house and Greg is asking the big questions about internet middle mile. 

Erik has spent much of the last year developing new research tools dedicated to the mysterious "middle mile" and he comes bearing insight on provider types, the role of cloud connectivity, adoption use cases, and even the origins of the "middle mile" term of art.  

From This Episode

Join Our Live Conversation on Middle Mile on Thursday, March 4, 2021

WAN Service and Pricing Trends for 2020

TeleGeography's Cloud Infrastructure Map

How to Connect to the Cloud

About the WAN Manager Survey

About Cloud and WAN Infrastructure 

WAN Manager Podcast 202: SFW (Safe for WANs)

WAN Manager Podcast 202: SFW (Safe for WANs)

February 1, 2021

What do you think of when you think of integrating security into the WAN? WAN Dynamics' Jason Gintert sees a changing connectivity landscape that presents no shortage of challenges to security teams.

If you've got WAN security on your mind—or if you want to hear Greg and Jason exchange pre-quarantine concert stories—listen in on this week's episode.

From This Episode  

WAN Manager Podcast 101: A Zero Trust State of Mind

WAN Managers Consider Zero Trust Security

About the SD-WAN Research Service

About the WAN Manager Survey

Download the free SD-WAN Vendor Guide

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