SD-WAN: Enabling Retail Omnichannel for the Store of the Future

The future of Retail WAN is here!


Recorded Webinar (60 min) With Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research, and Mike Wood, VeloCloud

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Digital trends are transforming nearly every industry and retail is amongst the top industries to be impacted. The retail store front will remain the hub for omni-channel interactions with customers. Business leaders in retail need to prepare for a wide range of technologies such as in-store WiFi, digital signage, tablets, self-checkouts and others in addition to maintaining a 100% transaction uptime. All of these advanced technologies are highly dependent on the network, particularly the wide area network (WAN) for success. However, legacy WANs were never designed to support omnichannel interactions, which means evolving the WAN to a software defined WAN (SD-WAN) must be a top initiative for business and IT leaders in the retail industry.

Join Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst and Founder of ZK Research and Michael Wood, VP of Worldwide Marketing with VeloCloud as they discuss the changes in the retail industry, why legacy networks are challenged and provide practical advice on how to migrate to SD-WAN.


Zeus Kerravala
Zeus Kerravala
Founder and Principal Analyst, ZK Research

Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research. Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the potential investors.


Michael Wood
Michael Wood
VP of Marketing, VeloCloud

Michael Wood is vice president of marketing for VeloCloud Networks, responsible for worldwide marketing, revenue generation, channel and sales enablement and communications. He has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the networking industry. Prior to VeloCloud, Wood served as vice president of product management and marketing for Akamai Technologies’ Cloud Networking Business Unit. He also was an executive in residence, and is currently an adviser, for Plug and Play Tech Center, a startup incubator and accelerator. Early in his career, Wood was with StrataCom as a senior member of the technical staff. After Cisco acquired StrataCom in 1996, Wood spent 15 years with Cisco in various positions, culminating in the director of product management and marketing role for the multibillion dollar branch office integrated services router business for enterprises and service providers. Wood has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.

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