New! Get Your ‘Essential Guide to Cloud Networking with SD-WAN’

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Riverbed's information-packed new e-book, The Essential Guide to Cloud Networking with SD-WAN, explains how the benefits of software-defined networking make it a perfect technology for the cloud age. ­It’s a timely resource, since many companies are aggressively pursuing a cloud strategy.

You can register for free to download the entire book and get all the details. But for now, let's look at some high points.

The challenges of cloud-connected networks

The traditional networking approach often comes up short with the Cloud, especially in terms of management and app performance.

In the e-book, you'll learn:

  • Five reasons why IT organizations struggle with cloud connectivity
  • How SD-WAN greatly simplifies the design, deployment, and management of cloud-connected networks compared to traditional methods
  • Three ways to overcome poor network- and cloud-application performance with SD-WAN
  • How integrated monitoring tools can be used to assure ongoing performance of cloud-based applications

How to simplify network connectivity

SD-WAN makes the deployment and management of networks simpler. As Figure 1 demonstrates, SD-WAN is managed from a single, central console with an intuitive, graphical UI instead of separate command-line interfaces for every network device.

Figure 1. This screen provides a quick look at the operational status of all WAN connections between sites

his screen provides a quick look at the operational status of all WAN connections between sites

In the e-book, you'll also learn how an SD-WAN can automate simple tasks and orchestrate the complicated workflows needed to deploy cloud-connected networks.

Methods for improving performance

Learn the three ways that SD-WAN can improve the end-user's experience when working with cloud-based apps:

  • By identifying network traffic by application, user, or the source/destination and prioritizing it as appropriate (see Figure 2 below)
  • By steering traffic around last-mile congestion on connections to the cloud
  • By working in tandem with WAN optimization

Figure 2. Business-aligned policies can be defined to govern the performance of applications, users, and locations

Business-aligned policies can be defined to govern the performance of applications, users, and locations

The e-book goes into more details on how the magic happens, and offers some use cases for WAN optimization.

Monitoring to assure performance

To provide end-to-end visibility — from users, across the network, and into the cloud — and assure application performance, you need an integrated stack of monitoring tools:

  1. End-user experience monitoring (EUEM)
  2. Application performance management (APM)
  3. Network performance management (NPM)
  4. Infrastructure management (IM)

All of these tools are available from Riverbed, and the free e-book has the details of how each can help your networks thrive.

Starting your SD-WAN journey

Ready to begin a move to SD-WAN? The Essential Guide to Cloud Networking with SD-WAN has everything you need to get started, including a link to a free trial version of Riverbed's SD-WAN offerings. If you need resources to help you convince decision makers in your enterprise, the e-book also provides:

  • A case study of how Australian startup SimplePay leveraged an SD-WAN
  • An examination of security and performance in software-defined networks
  • An ROI calculator
Register for the free download
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