Guide to SDN, SD-WAN, NFV, and VNF

Making sense of software-based acronyms.


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Brief

The deluge of buzzwords that sounds very similar can be overwhelming and difficult to decipher. The concepts are related but very distinct. Understanding the underlying principles illuminates the power achieved by implementing these architectures and technologies in a wide area network (WAN).

This guide walks you through the similarities and differences amongst SDN, SD-WAN, NFV, and VNF, and how to implement a strategy that can use some or all of them to maximize their individual benefits.


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