Firms Tap Cisco, Juniper, VMware for SD-WAN Functionality

Virtualizationreview | October 01, 2019

Firms Tap Cisco, Juniper, VMware for SD-WAN Functionality
In the growing software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) space, vendors are tapping products from leading powerhouses such as Cisco, Juniper and VMware to augment their offerings. Here's a look at recent developments that illustrate this trend. Juniper Networks teamed up with PYXYA, a French managed service provider, for a solution based on Juniper's Contrail SD-WAN offering. A Juniper statement described PYXYA as a disruptor of traditional managed service models with its over-the-top (OTT) secure SD-WAN service that leverages Contrail SD-WAN on existing network infrastructures. The French company's services will include Contrail SD-WAN functionality such as service orchestration and the NFX150 Networks Services Platform.

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Cybersecurity practitioners face challenges when it comes to having a security program that operates effectively. Sometimes it means looking at cybersecurity through the lens of capability and focus on the understanding of what risks there are. Download our infographic for a closer look at the cybersecurity realities thus far in 2018.