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The Wide Open Space WAN Buyers framework.

We've created the Wide Open Space project out of the need to find a method to convey the latest thinking across WAN procurement. Using Mindmapping software, our team consistently add data points resulting in an ever evolving living document.

Who is it for?

Any IT team member tasked with buying WAN services. Whether you are conducting provider or vendor evaluation across SD WAN, MPLS, VPLS or Internet VPN or simply need to ensure you understand they key areas to consider, the Wide Open Space Mindmapping project will assist.

The Mindmap is free but you will be asked to contribute your thoughts and findings post any project you are involved in (totally optional).

We are also offering the live version of our Mindmap. writer Robert Sturt will visit your office for free to conduct a 2 hour whiteboard workshop. Rated as excellent.

SD WAN Framework

Have you considered Netify?

The Network Union is offering Netify. An SD WAN capability for businesses looking to deploy Cisco Meraki or Viptela over a single UK & Global backbone service provider. A highly experienced team operating with Cisco Reseller and BT Premier Partner status. Netify is a simple but powerful offering with the necessary elements to not only lower cost but ensure your applications will perform against an end to end SLA.

We have sold over 300 Meraki appliances in 2019.

How it works?

  • Authorised Reseller status with Cisco.
  • Network Union has been operating as a BT Business Partner for almost a decade.
  • We've won numerous awards including BT Partner of the Year and most Innovative BT Partner based on our work with The Wide Open Space project.
  • We'll create your specific design against business requirements.
  • We offer the option of 0% finance from Cisco.
The framework, workshop and podcast.

The SD WAN Framework

An award winning guide displayed as a single document. We have distilled everything we know about buying SD WAN services into one stunning document. Best viewed on a tablet, zoom in on all of the key areas IT must consider.

The Art of WAN Procurement Workshop

Never stop learning. Our free workshops are hosted by Robert Sturt.

Within a 2 hour session at your office or a local BT or Cisco premises, Robert will walk you through the very latest thinking behind the risks, pitfalls and opportunities presented by SD WAN technology. A great no cost option to upskill you and/or your team.


The Art of WAN Procurement Podcast

Our audio podcast covering a different subject each episode. The content is created based on questions we haveve been asked over the last decade together with more recent challenges faced by our prospects and customers.

How we create our SD WAN framework?

Each year, Network Union conducts SD WAN procurement workshops which identify top-of-mind strategic priorities and challenges for the year ahead. Learn how other IT Managers and communications leaders are using SD WAN as the enabler to their businesses in 2019.

  • How to lower your WAN expense by using SD WAN.
  • The pitfalls, risks and opportunities across SD WAN services.
  • A comparison of SD WAN providers.
  • The key elements to consider when deploying applications for UK and Global organisations.


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