The way networks are built and managed is changing. The days of command lines and individual device configuration processes are rapidly being replaced with more streamlined provisioning and true centralized management. Now, the network becomes a business enabler through alignment with business policies and not just a collection of routing protocols and ACLs. Today, it’s all about the applications and how to deliver them in the most optimized fashion.
So, what is driving this?
- The shift to more and more cloud software requires intelligent and secure ways to connect users to their applications and data.
- Fast and simple deployment is critical where IT groups are stressed or lean. It is becoming less possible and cost-effective to put valuable technical resources on site.
- The migration from expensive private networks to Internet-based circuits to cut costs while maintaining interoperability.
- Integrating security into the WAN (Wide Area Network) with SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solutions.