Gartner Case for Hybrid WAN

Gartner Case for Hybrid WAN

More mobile devices. More cloud applications. More pressures on the branch. See how you can improve application performance and keep employees, guests, and customers happy.

Get this Gartner report, which highlights the value of a hybrid approach for the next-generation enterprise WAN.

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Hybrid will be the new normal for next-generation enterprise WANs

The enterprise WAN is evolving. See how an integrated WAN that uses the Internet and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) can help. Gartner shows how the hybrid WAN supports the changing application landscape without compromising application performance or user experience.

Improve application traffic flow in the WAN

According to Gartner, its clients show that network planners focus too much on basic access connectivity and often forget to consider how application traffic flows in the WAN or consider how the end-user experience is perceived from the client end. The result: recurring application performance problems caused by incomplete WAN architectures that degrade performance, which produces less than stellar end-user satisfaction, which in turn leads to disenfranchisement and a lack of adoption.

In addition to inadequate WAN architectures, enterprises also suffer from inadequate tools to gain visibility and control of application traffic. This flaw makes it difficult both to troubleshoot performance problems and to improve performance.

Next-generation hybrid WANs interweave multiple WAN services

For several years we've seen network planners use the Internet for various point solutions, such as connectivity of smaller branch offices, ad hoc connectivity of remote workers, or off-loading traffic from MPLS to the Internet.

Although enterprises already incorporate the Internet in a multiservice WAN architecture, it is critical that network planners recognize that they still treat the Internet and the MPLS as two separate networks. They typically also plan to use the Internet only for less critical purposes and to control WAN services expenses.

This report takes a look at how network planners must design a WAN architecture that incorporates both the Internet and the MPLS in an integrated hybrid WAN solution. It also exposes the need to create a platform, or toolkit of functionality, in this hybrid WAN architecture.

How to transition to a hybrid WAN architecture.