WORKSHOP & WEBINAR

THE IT MANAGERS SD WAN WORKSHOP & WEBINAR
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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FREE 2 HOUR SD WAN BUYERS WORKSHOP OR WEBINAR. UPSKILL YOU AND YOUR TEAM ON EVERYTHING SD WAN.

Rated as excellent, hosted at your office or a BT/Cisco location across the UK/NI.

What are we offering - a free workshop or webinar created to provide thoughts and ideas together with an outline of the risks, pitfalls and opportunities associated with SD WAN procurement.

What topics are covered - the sessions are designed to be interactive. Popular topics include SD WAN vs MPLS, Traffic permanence across SD WAN, Security, Cost savings, Support, Managed vs DIY and more.

What format do we use - the sessions are available via Webinar or at your office using a whiteboard and pen. We aim to ensure the workshops are informal, relaxed and interactive.

Available for Global and UK businesses – We discuss the specific elements of procuring SD WAN for UK vs International businesses including traffic permanence vs latency and jitter SLA.

Using a single backbone vs multiple ISP strategy - cost savings are often achieved by procuring the lowest cost provider but what should your business consider?

RFP Template – we share our RFP template content for you to use with any potential providers or vendors.

Cloud - SD WAN is the enabler to Cloud access, we discuss options including ExpressRoute and AWS.

Security - how to consider your security when SD WAN is sold, in the main, as a self managed service.

Network diversity - what does real diversity look like across products from Ethernet through to cellular failover.

Network connectivity options - discussion surrounding the options from Internet to MPLS including 3G, 4G, Ethernet, EFM, Broadband and even satellite services.

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When you reach out to us to schedule a time to book a free Workshop, you won’t be inundated with endless phone calls and emails from eager sales reps you’re not ready to talk to. Instead, you’ll talk to one of our team ready to educate and provide thoughts and ideas regarding your project.

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A phased approach to Managed BT MPLS / SD-WAN provider success

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The format we use?

Our workshops have been rated as excellent over the past 5 years. Starting with Permira, we've kept the format and structure unchanged. A relaxed 2 hour session where we discuss the specifics of your WAN challenges and how SD WAN services are able to offer the next generation of network capability.

Since our first workshop, we have conducted over 30 sessions. All have been rated as excellent by attendees including CDC Global, Russell Finex, Medivet, Endava, Royal British Legion and more.

 

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SD WAN vs MPLS

The discussion surrounding the capability of SD WAN vs MPLS remains a popular topic within our workshops and webinars. Some marketers are predicting the death of MPLS as a result of cost reduction when using the Internet. However, cost is only one part of the story as the Internet is also a key enabler to public Cloud applications.

Within the workshop session, we'll discuss how MPLS remains a component of WAN architecture depending on business case. In many instances, SD WAN deployments interface with agnostic connectivity meaning devices and clients support all service provider access methods.

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Managed SD WAN vs DIY?

In the UK, the majority of WAN deployments are provided as a Managed service. This is in contrast with the US where implementations are mostly deployed as wires only provisions.

SD WAN is changing the UK landscape due to ease of deployment, GUI (Graphical User Interface), ability to patch, centralised management and level of statistics available to make informed decisions.

Where the traditional DIY WAN required a sizeable team to ensure expertise covers all aspects, the software WAN is often managed internally with a team of three.

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Connectivity types?

With 5G providing next generation wireless connectivity, SD WAN is creating the capability to make use of all available services. As an example, businesses are positioned to easily deploy primary Ethernet services with additional Broadband or 3G/4G/5G connectivity for less important applications and traffic.

The world of private based networks such as MPLS or VPLS has not been capable of providing such flexibility.

1. BT as my potential MPLS provider, what is the latest state of managed services?

All routing and switching for MPLS based services is based on Cisco routers and switches with support from HP and Dell. Security services are provided by Cisco and Checkpoint with options for Palo Alto and Juniper.

Available from Cisco Meraki and Cisco wireless, we’re able to provide consultancy and design for wireless solutions including survey.

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Outside of MPLS, what other capabilities are offered?

WEBSITE

WAN / SIP / TRADITIONAL TELEPHONY / LAN / WIRELESS / CALL RECORDING / MERAKI

INFRASTRUCTURE

DATA CENTRE / SERVERS / VIRTUALISATION / STORAGE / DATA MIGRATION / BACKUP / CONTENT FILTERING / SECURITY AND PCI COMPLIANCE

CLOUD SERVICES

BT COMPUTE IAAS / PRIVATE CLOUD IAAS / OFFICE 365 INTEGRATION / DESKTOP VIRTUALISATION / MICROSOFT AZURE

MANAGED SERVICES

MPLS / VPLS / ETHERFLOW ETHERNET / BTNET LEASED LINE / CLOUD / SECURITY

THE FACTS

24/7 SERVICE DESK / TECHNICAL EXPERTS / ITIL3 PROCESSES / ISO27001 SECURITY / ISO20000 ITSM / EVENT MANAGEMENT / IL3 / GPG13 SERVICES / 3RD PARTY MANAGEMENT

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