Beyond the Basics: How SD-WAN Is Evolving to Improve Performance and Reliability


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SD-WAN, an alternative to traditional WAN links by virtue of software-defined improvements to network versatility, scalability and operational efficiency, is a lifesaver for retailers, hospitality businesses and other customer with many locations spread across the U.S.

Takeaways for Your Business

In this report you’ll learn:

  • The emerging needs and product trends in the SD-WAN market
  • Key considerations for partners looking to set up an affordable, flexible SD-WAN for distributed organizations
  • How to add features and insert network and security services on any link by using virtual network functions (VNFs)

About the Author

Kurt Marko is an IT industry analyst, consultant and regular contributor to a number of technology publications, pursuing his passion for communications after a varied career that has spanned virtually the entire high-tech food chain from chips to systems. Upon graduating from Stanford University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, Marko spent several years as a semiconductor device physicist, doing process design, modeling and testing. He then joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a memory chip designer and CAD and simulation developer. Moving to Hewlett-Packard, he started in the laser printer R&D lab doing electrophotography development, for which he earned a patent, but his love of computers eventually led him to join HP’s nascent technical IT group. Marko spent 15 years as an IT engineer and was a lead architect for several enterprisewide infrastructure projects at HP, including the Windows domain infrastructure, remote access service, Exchange email infrastructure and managed web services.

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