Posts by Michael Wood


SD-WAN Voice Quality Monitoring (VQM)

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
March 28, 2017

How do I Know That it Actually Works? SD-WAN technology offers rich benefits—you’ve heard about them already—one of the most compelling is to leverage Internet broadband economics to provide affordable branch office bandwidth. But I run voice and video traffic over my WAN, and voice quality and Internet quality are famously at odds. So how do I know that my SD-WAN compensates for this? And if there should be a problem, how do I know where it is? These are exasperating questions and many of us have extensive experience—sometimes far more than we care to discuss—in troubleshooting incidents of poor voice…




Top SD-WAN Trends

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
February 21, 2017

How Does Your WAN Strategy Address These Key Analyst-Identified Trends? Pondering the future of your WAN has become a taxing activity. The accelerating digital business transformation has rendered legacy WAN architectures suboptimal—that’s the word preceding obsolete in the dictionary. Everyone talks about SD-WANs and industry analysts have crystallized these six key trends with metrics and predictions. See how they fit into your WAN strategy. 1. The Cloud is The Network Gartner reports that 30-50% of Large Enterprise traffic is shifting to the cloud, changing traffic flows that stress legacy WANs. Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst at Doyle Research, details this trend…




SD-WAN for the 10,000+ Site Enterprise

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
January 4, 2017

What works for a 10-site, or 100-site network is often not feasible in a really large network. Even small, straightforward activities—say, going out to a remote site to install new CPE, configuring it to become part of the network architecture, routing, policies and security measures—become arduous and enormously costly when multiplied by thousands, or tens-of-thousands. This multiplier effect, in combination with a number of trends—centering around traffic and applications shifting to the cloud; physical things like CPE and firewalls being virtualized—complicate large network renewal decisions to evolve legacy WAN and gain the flexibility and agility needs of today’s businesses. For large and…




SDN, SD-WAN, NFV, VNF: What Is All This?

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
October 31, 2016

Inscrutable alphabet soup. Even the fully expanded terms are only slightly more digestible. But they’re not truly all that confusing: the underlying principles are elegant and illuminating. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an architecture—first defined circa 1995—that physically separates the network control plane (decisions about traffic flows) from the forwarding plane (moving chunks of data between points A and B). Practically this simply means controlling network hardware devices (think routers, switches, Wi-Fi access points) by using software that is physically hosted elsewhere (think an orchestrator or controller platform). A SDN architecture provides numerous advantages: it abstracts (and simplifies) the entire…




Architecture Matters: SD-WAN Security

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
August 22, 2016

SD-WAN Security Architectures: The Keys to the Cloud Speed is the currency of modern business, and the rate of business change accelerates. Over the span of a hundred and fifty years, Darwin speaks to networking professionals: to survive is to adapt. Cloud-based resources—applications or storage—are prerequisites for today’s adaptability and agility. Okay, so I put a lot of my stuff in the cloud; I migrate to a cloud-delivered SD-WAN and everything goes faster, smoother, easier, I can finally keep pace with the world, I can face the future. But wait, is my stuff secure? Where are the locks? Who holds…





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