Incorporating Hybrid Networking, Cloud and Security

The SD-WAN Webinar

Delivered by Techtarget.com writer Robert Sturt

Premier Partner of BT and BT Partner of the Year 2016/17 recognised for our work across Global and UK connectivity.

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Advance your knowledge of SD-WAN with a free bi-weekly live Webinar from BT Premier Partner, The Network Union. Thoughts and advice you and your team can quickly apply to live projects or future investigations.

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Every two weeks, techtarget.com writer Robert Sturt presents the key concepts any IT team must know when considering the procurement of SD-WAN services. Build your knowledge of SDN use cases, the pros / cons and overall opportunities software-defined networking is bringing to UK and Global Enterprise business.

Robert spent a number of years working for Verizon Business before joining one of BT’s fastest growing WAN connectivity agencies, Network Union. TNU is currently BT Partner of the Year and a recognised resource for any business embarking on WAN, Security and Cloud procurement. Using a sales process you can trust, we can help you identify new opportunities that can accelerate WAN capability.

How our webinars help?

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What is SD-WAN?

This may, initially, appear to be a fairly simplistic question but the buzz and excessive marketing mean that many IT teams cannot be sure of the agnostic technology benefits.

In our sessions, we discuss the original concepts for SDN (Software Defined Networking) using business case studies to outline how the technology may benefit your business.

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Is SD-WAN an agnostic technology?

With many companies leveraging public IP backbones (the Internet) to form the basis of their SD-WAN solution. 

The basis for using the Internet is often to save money by utilising the lowest cost provider in any given location. However, the implications of making such decisions must be carefully considered.

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How to compare SD-WAN vs. MPLS vs. VPLS?

With certain SD-WAN vendors predicting the demise of MPLS, we’ll put some clarity on each technology together with benefits. Is MPLS really doomed? We don’t think so, hybrid WAN solutions form the basis of most Global and UK networks designs our team architect.

More than deciding which technology may be better from a technical perspective, the workshop is designed to detail where and when certain design scenario’s demand the use of each service.

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Software WAN services and application performance (QoS)?

A major differentiator between Internet and Private networking surrounds QoS (Quality of Service) with focus on end to end application flow.

With private MPLS, packets are policed and prioritised end to end resulting in predictable application peformance. However, depending on the variation, your SD-WAN solution over the Internet will only prioritise traffic on a local basis.

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Service providers, what to look for and consider?

Perhaps one of the most important issues when procuring any WAN technology.

First and foremost, deciphering marketing requires asking the right questions - essentially forcing service provider transparency. Achieving a good clear outcome essentially revolves around gaining clarity on true coverage, processes and pricing.

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Use cases for Software based WAN services?

Gaining an understanding of technology is often gained by the use of real-world scenarios. Within our webinar, we’ll make use of selected ‘use cases’ enabling you and your team to relate examples to your own business. While the focus surrounds SD-WAN, the use case discussion shows how to leverage hybrid networking including layer 3 MPLS, layer 2 VPLS and IPSec VPN.

We discuss security aspects vs. User type, location and connectivity - i.e. connecting from Hotel wifi compared to the HQ.

 

The take-away from our webinars?

Our intent is to remain objective when discussing WAN technologies. With the innovation occurring across all IT services, the WAN remains an important component to accomplish overall business objectives. Enterprise businesses are making use of cloud offerings including virtualisetion, storage and network resource that are all advancing at a huge pace.

While SD-WAN and MPLS certainly meet objectives at a high level, tight alignment of both the technical together with every day delivery, security, support and capability must be carefully considered to avoid a feature led sales process.

The telecoms marketplace is often led with features and benefits with companies making purchasing decisions on information that may not be fully transparent.

Why we run the webinars?

Our objective is always to educate. As a BT Premier Partner (purveyor of genuine BT Global and UK SD-WAN connectivity), we’d welcome the opportunity to let you know how we work. If this detail isn’t of interest then no problem. Our content and resources are always provided without any demands on your business to take any next steps with Network Union

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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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