Even though managed SD-WAN offers a one-size-fits-all technology, it offers very specific nuances for solving the pain-points of individual industry verticals. One such vertical is the Retail sector, which faces considerable challenges in migrating from a very traditional brick and mortar sector to offering a fully digital customer experience.
Adaptiv Networks recently published a forward-looking blog regarding a very true list of technology areas that retailers should be exploring and how its managed SD-WAN services can help support businesses make the transition.
Adaptiv Network blog 'The Store of the Future: Is Your Network Ready?'
What Happens when you Fuse the Technology Visions of Two Global Titans: the Cisco SD-WAN and Google Cloud Concept is Born
Cisco published a blog on its newly-expanded partnership with Google. The companies intend to integrate Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub and Google Cloud.
The partners have stated that the Cisco SD-WAN and Google Cloud is scheduled for launch during H1 2021.
What does Google bring to the table?
What does Cisco bring to the table?
April 15, 2020 – Nokia and Asavie entered a commercial and product partnership. Asavie’s mobile SD Edge technology will be integrated with Nokia Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0.
Managed SD-WAN providers that offer Nuage SD-WAN will be able to offer business clients connectivity to enterprise applications and cloud and SaaS services with their mobile devices with exactly the same visibility, control and security policies, as for fixed network endpoints. Asavie SD Edge can also be extended to IoT endpoints providing they are SIM-based.
Whilst bringing in remote mobile endpoints into the current SD-WAN gives benefits for a remote workforce during the Covid-19 crisis, Asavie SD Edge holds more strategic possibilities for a future way to cost effectively manage more and more workloads on mobile devices and SIM-based IoT device visibility and central orchestration and management.
Managed SD-WAN service providers that do not have a matching Asavie SD Edge capability can offer mobile VPN clients or direct mobile and IoT device-generated traffic through a URL for filtering – but both these workarounds to the problem add overhead.
Link to the press release:
Nokia’s Nuage Networks creates industry’s first SD-WAN solution for desktop, mobile and IoT devices, partnering with Asavie to meet increasing demands for remote working connectivity
Clavem Research together with Asavie published the following white paper: 'The Future is Mobile and Why SD-WAN is Flawed for Secure and Manageable Mobile and IoT Endpoints'
Comcast Business, PCCW Global, Spectrum Enterprise, and Telia Company Become the First MEF SD-WAN 3.0 Certified Managed SD-WAN Service Providers
Adopting common terminology will drive SD-WAN growth and innovation, and strengthen individual provider sales messages
by Joel Stradling
Four service providers have announced their SD-WAN products are now MEF 3.0 SD-WAN-certified:
To gain certification the providers demonstrate conformance to SD-WAN service attributes and requirements as defined in MEF 70. Certification indicates that the four companies offer SD-WAN products that have been stringently tested for service attributes and requirements defined in MEF 70 and described in detail in MEF’s draft SD-WAN Certification Test Requirements (MEF 90) standard.
By Rolf Schonhowd, Practise Lead
Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC ‘20) will soon be underway in Barcelona. Most likely will key focus be put on the latest within mobile infrastructure technologies such as 5G, Native Cloud, Edge Computing, IoT, Big data and AI, including 5G plans and real deployments among mobile operators, but also new mobile devices, VR/AR and new killer apps or enhancements taking place in the market. For enterprise users in particular, it is to be expected aggressive marketing by wireless operators of 5G/IIoT including business critical services with solid guarantees regarding such KPIs as high uptime and low latency.
But, 5G rollouts are not happening as quickly as was initially thought and wished for. Key players are adopting cautious approaches whilst others are more observing the market dynamics before committing in order to see whether 5G will be a big moneymaker. While most key stakeholders are embarking on larger roll-outs and 5G deployments the coming year, a potential showstopper might be renewed and stricter safety guidelines, which will mean that providers have to reassure the public about safety in the long-term as Industry 4.0 with 5G comes of age.
Therefore, some 2 weeks before MWC ‘20 opens, it remains to be seen what will come out of the event in terms of specific technology and service announcements, use cases and the need for further regulation. Overall, what is for certain there are many industry players nowadays polishing and energising their marketing messages.
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Information tech to Business Tech, Time is Here to Go to Human tech, the Technology-Aware Human Factor!
by Rolf Schonhowd
For many years the overall technology industry has had its eyes on progressing Information Technology (IT) selling hardware and software elements, and more recently key focus on business impact and thus the Business Technology (BT) named domain. However, the people and environmental aspects have been more or less neglected, so time has now come to make sure the Human Technology (HT) elements take center stage in a world where social and health aspects among the population are becoming increasingly worse.
Therefore, moving into this new decade with new innovations, selling products and services, governments must act now in a responsible manner in order to safeguard health and the environment, removing all doubts, fears and question marks regarding what the technology health impact is on human beings. Based on new research on these matters, if nothing changes it will come down in near future as a bigger health issue among the global population.
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Connectivity across and between multi-cloud environments is evolving with the backing of well-heeled VCs such as Orange Digital Ventures, and driven by cloud behemoths such as Amazon - what does all of this mean to the future of SD-WAN?
Managed SD-WAN service providers are eager to cite direct connectivity to cloud partners, in fact Aryaka announced just this week integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory to give a better end-user application and authentication experience. The MyAryaka cloud portal is now part of the Azure Active Directory Application Gallery.
However, there are still challenges with managing multiple apps running across multiple cloud provider platforms even with an SD-WAN overlay service in place.
The result of such difficulties that companies continue to face when moving their mission critical apps and infrastructure resources to cloud environments is new opportunity for companies such as AWS and InterCloud.
InterCloud targets large global enterprises with managed deployed of apps and resources to multi-cloud environments. The company allows its global business clients to interconnect multi-cluster resources with reduced complexity with end-to-end managed turnkey service. InterCloud believes that cloud connectivity, being part of both the serverless and the containers architectures, should be integrated to the continuous integration & delivery (CI/CD) in a new DevOps world.
Meanwhile AWS' Transit Gateway platform offers a compelling method for businesses to connect to Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and local on-site networks via a single gateway. AWS Transit Gateway means one single connection is needed from the central gateway into each Amazon VPC, on-premises data center, or remote location. AWS Transit Gateway supports the creation of routing topologies; the interconnection VPCs at scale; consolidation of edge connectivity; and flexibility with routing domains. AWS has further integrated its Transit Gateway with three SD-WAN vendors: Cisco, Aruba, and Silver Peak — and has integrated its service with the Aviatrix (the latter being a cloud networking startup) cloud platform.
These events throw both challenge and opportunity to service providers. Operators need to continue pushing the benefits of SD-WAN to end-users, but at the same time be very ready to offer customers support for smooth cloud migrations. The advantage that service providers have over InterCloud and AWS is the last-mile access piece. But failure to add value and provide an elegant and innovative service wrap (service dashboard) and cloud apps management tools will give companies that are born in the cloud the opportunity to disrupt, which is already happening.
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What is Digital Healthcare?
Digital transformation for clinical labs, medical practices, hospitals, and care centers has resulted in the term Digital Healthcare. Examples of new and expanding patient services include mobile health ‘mHealth’ and Telemedicine.
The rapid evolution of IT and networks towards virtualized and automated services is driving major change in Healthcare. SD-WAN has a major part to play in underpinning digital healthcare evolution. It is quickly become an essential pillar for supporting healthcare IoT, population health, new AI-supported health applications, patient data analytics, and clinical workflows.
Service Provider Takeaways
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SMARTCITY Expo World Congress 2019: With a Growing focus on Platforms, True Smart Cities Are Data Driven and Support an Open Ecosystem
Expectations for this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 (SCEWC) in Barcelona are at a high point. Since the first congress in 2011, there has been a major ramp up in momentum worldwide in Smart City initiatives. But is the digital smart city concept all hype, and will the event feature re-packaged products, or will we witness some new innovation and concrete progress?
We expect to see initiatives from across the spectrum of larger and smaller vendors presenting their go-to-market for ‘Smartcities as a platform’, where value propositions include ICT infrastructure elements such as IoT, 5G, AI/ML, Big data and Edge computing. These all fit into an increasingly open and cloud-intelligent focused world. Also, other stakeholders such as service providers (CSP, MNO, IT sourcing), system integrator and individual HW/SW start-up players are chasing this market space.
Some key expectations to look out for demonstrating smart city momentum are;
Players in this segment need to adopt a rapid-learning philosophy to keep up in a high paced technology world where 5G will take center stage in 2020 for smart city initiatives.
SCEWC 2019, 19-21 November URL: http://www.smartcityexpo.com/en/home
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SD-WAN Vendor Lock-in Walls to Come Tumbling Down with Enea, Intel and flexiWAN with Open Source SD-WAN PoC
Analyst Quick Take
Disruption in the SD-WAN segment is just around the corner. Next week in the Hague at the SDN NFV World Congress, three partners Enea, flexiWAN and Intel will unveil the first SD-WAN Open Source PoC to the industry. The solution is based on the following components:
This move promises to lead the SD-WAN segment to the next level of flexible programming and high throughput for purpose-built SD-WAN applications. Enterprises are averse to the vendor lock-in that certain SD-WAN solution approaches demand – and the disruption that the Enea-flexiWAN-Intel will bring is a welcome move to shake things up.
Why Open Source?
The hardware segment of networking and data centre has broken down the model for proprietary equipment. The SD-WAN market has caught on to this movement as we have seen with more and more managed service provider announcements concerning whitebox uCPE initiatives that will support from 4 to 6 VNFs (typically) to run a variety of VNFs via the support of service chaining.
Click on the below links to see the following blogs:
‘GTT Adds uCPE to SD-WAN’ – July 30, 2019
‘Colt Launches New uCPE with ADVA to Revolutionize the Network Edge’ – July 19, 2019
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