Posts by Michael Wood


Architecture Matters – With SD-WAN, it’s So Much Simpler!

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
July 25, 2016

Years ago a colleague developed UC features for an airline call center and they didn’t want the phones to ring—no, they said quite confidently, just make it dead simple and have the software auto-answer the next call immediately when the previous one disconnects. A ringing call wastes the customer’s and the agent’s time. Shaving just a few seconds off each call compounded into literally annual savings of millions for the airline. So what’s with all this fuss about SD-WAN architecture? You really want it just to be quicker, easier, simpler, less headache, no truck rolls. No logging individually into thousands…




It’s July 4th! Claim Your Independence from Network Infrastructure Constraints Today

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
June 30, 2016

Throughout living memory humankind has craved independence. As the 4th of July rolls around once again, IT managers still salivate over the seemingly ever-receding promise of liberation—straining against the chains of antiquated and static network architecture and infrastructure, CPE lock-ins, best-effort Internet links performing with substandard packet loss rates, and highly complex VPN tunneling barely achieving adequate security. Not to mention the necessity for bandwidth overprovisioning to ensure decent throughput, session and flow-based routing, backhauling SaaS traffic through a data center that doesn’t host the application any longer just because that is how the pipes have always been connected and…




Architecture Matters – With SD-WAN the outcome of the Net Neutrality debate ceases to matter

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
June 28, 2016

The debate over Net Neutrality has been raging for years. There are many facets to it. To recap the essence of the debate, Wikipedia defines Net Neutrality as “the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.” One of the fundamental issues being debated is that of giving preferential—or discriminatory, depending on your viewpoint—treatment of traffic with certain attributes, such as protocol, content, application. The fear is that non-neutrality will discriminate against the average Joe and favor behemoth companies with deep pockets and long arms. This is all vaguely disingenuous, because traffic in the Internet, or any other communications…




Biggest SD-WAN Trends for 2016

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
February 8, 2016

Nine of the biggest trends for the SD-WAN market for 2016 are:  The net neutrality debate doesn’t go away and, it won’t matter – The net neutrality fight was all over the news in 2015. 2016 won’t be any different. If you don’t know, the net neutrality fight is about whether companies or customers will be granted a faster lane for bandwidth hungry web-based services and applications. Until SD-WAN (a network overlay technology) showed up on the scene companies had two choices; buy a fast private line, or risk unacceptable performance using public broadband. Now with SD-WAN they can get…




You Can’t Have Consistent Unified Communications (UC) Without A Reliable Network

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By Michael Wood
Vice President of Marketing, VeloCloud
July 22, 2015

The use of unified communications (UC) applications is surging at the enterprise level. According to Infonetics, for instance, the UC market — along with VoIP — will reach $88 billion by 2018. What’s driving the growth of UC in enterprises? As explained in our recent webinar, businesses are turning to UC solutions to increase end user productivity and enhance business processes, which, according to Gartner*, are the goals of unified communications. Video, voice, unified messaging, web conferencing, and real-time collaboration applications are among the common UC tools used in the enterprise. Although UC deployment is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, a number…





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