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VMware SASE and SD-WAN Helps Organizations Take a Holistic Approach to Networking and Security

Frost & Sullivan | November 01, 2022 | Read time : 02:18 min

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The last two years accelerated Information Technology (IT) trends that were already underway: rapid increase in the adoption of cloud, multi-cloud, and internet of things (IoT); a smarter edge for use cases such as modern retail, healthcare, and manufacturing; and a distributed workforce, where employees can be anywhere. Software-defined (SD) WAN technology eliminates the traditional WAN connectivity challenges associated with distributed enterprise applications and IoT devices that held back this acceleration.

The need to more securely connect distributed users to cloud-based applications is driving the adoption for software-defined, cloud-delivered security. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) combines the flexibility of SD-WAN technology with a full suite of security services it delivers from the cloud. SASE points of presence (PoPs) provide networking and security functions closer to the user, enabling fast and more secure access

Frost & Sullivan's latest white paper, As Edge Computing Gains Traction, the Business Case for SASE is Stronger than Ever, explores how market trends highlight the demand for the cloud-delivered networking, compute, and security architecture that SASE delivers.

As public cloud adoption levels continue to increase post-pandemic due to hybrid and multi-cloud configurations, businesses should:

Integrate edge computing as part of hybrid cloud architecture to optimize and more securely connect edge locations back to data centers and cloud-hosted applications.
Implement hybrid and multi-cloud configurations to become more distributed and easily build, deploy, and continually optimize app delivery, for a more competitive edge.
Support hybrid work trends and optimize user connectivity to cloud-based applications.
Auto apply security conditions to users accessing enterprise applications based on the user identity and the context to mitigate risks and protect digital assets.
VMware SASE is an example of the right way to secure and speed access in this distributed landscape through cloud-delivered SD-WAN Edge devices, Gateways, SASE Orchestrator, Edge Network Intelligence™, and Edge Compute Stack. The global network of scalable VMware SASE PoPs delivers apps to users reliably, quickly, and more securely over a single management interface. The VMware SASE product family delivers enterprise agility through a cloud-first open architecture, superior digital experience with rock-solid SD-WAN connectivity, security based on zero-trust principles, and operational simplicity with vendor-agnostic Artificial Intelligence for Operations that can help predict and prevent problems before they occur.

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In a recent IDG survey, an average of 89% of respondents across multiple industries indicated they have adopted or plan to adopt a digital-first strategy. Market research firm IDC predicts that digital transformation spending will reach $1.7 trillion worldwide by the end of 2019. For the most part, those pursuing digital transformation initiatives are seeking to create new products, services, and capabilities that will generate new revenue and better customer experiences. Delivering an easy-to-use, low-friction digital experience to customers and employees depends on a complex combination of infrastructure, data, and applications. As the complexity increases, so does the risk that something will go wrong because one system or process does not interact properly with another.

Spotlight

In a recent IDG survey, an average of 89% of respondents across multiple industries indicated they have adopted or plan to adopt a digital-first strategy. Market research firm IDC predicts that digital transformation spending will reach $1.7 trillion worldwide by the end of 2019. For the most part, those pursuing digital transformation initiatives are seeking to create new products, services, and capabilities that will generate new revenue and better customer experiences. Delivering an easy-to-use, low-friction digital experience to customers and employees depends on a complex combination of infrastructure, data, and applications. As the complexity increases, so does the risk that something will go wrong because one system or process does not interact properly with another.

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H3C AD-WAN Solution Helps LiveCom's Global SD-WAN Operation

H3C | December 07, 2022

According to Omdia's report, the compound growth rate of the global SD-WAN market will reach 11.9% from 2021 to 2027, and the market size will exceed USD 10 billion by 2027, continuing to lead the enterprise network service market. In recent years, as the epidemic accelerated the digital transformation of the industry, more and more enterprises have chosen cloud, and the demand of enterprises for campus networks, data centers and wide area networks has increased rapidly. The SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) has attracted the attention of more enterprises and service providers because it helps enterprises to achieve quality cloud in a more flexible connection mode, while reducing the cost of WAN. Although the SD-WAN has a broad market prospect, in fact, the existing SD-WAN solutions cannot fully meet the customer demands. Presently, in Chinese market, most manufacturers lack the capability to optimize end-to-end network resources, so it is difficult to provide a complete set of solutions. In the international market, the solutions of some manufacturers are realized through mergers and acquisitions, which causes problems such as high prices, difficult operation and maintenance, long development cycle, etc., which greatly affects the deployment progress of the SD-WAN. Based on the insight into the industry pain points, H3C AD-WAN solution, with the concept of "application-driven network", carries out innovative explorations around technical architecture, business experience, security protection and control, operation and maintenance management, business model and other fields, offers new features such as new service modes, WAN optimization, multi-cloud connection, end-to-end SRv6, SASE business automation, etc., and helps the customers build full-scenario, whole-domain and full-lifecycle intelligent WANs, which can better meet the requirements of the operators in the "post-epidemic" era for end-to-end control, operation, and maintenance for SD-WAN construction. This solution has now been applied to overseas market. H3C and LiveCom Cooperate Closely to Explore New SD-WAN Modes In March, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the Action Plan for Coordinated Development of the "Double Gigabit" Network (2021-2023), proposing to adopt the SD-WAN technical solution to optimize network transmission quality. As encouraged by this policy, the three major domestic telecom carriers have invested in the research and development of SD-WAN intelligent dedicated lines, and the WAN architecture has also turned to SD-WAN in an all-round way. LiveCom is an international carrier that has long been dedicated to cross-border communication information services. With the global business expansion of LiveCom, the number of POP nodes deployed overseas and the volume of business carried by the backbone networks increase. Therefore, the forwarding delay, site deployment, network resource optimization, business operation and maintenance management of its global network are facing greater challenges. In order to further enhance its competitiveness in the global market, LiveCom needs a powerful partner to help upgrade its SD-WAN services in an all-round way, and it is just the right time to cooperate with H3C. After testing SD-WAN products of several manufacturers, LiveCom made a long-term cooperation decision with H3C in less than three months due to the strong advantages of H3C, such as advanced and steady products, professional technicians, and comprehensive service coverage. In the cooperation mode in which H3C provides overall solutions and products, and LiveCom provides lines and technical support, both parties have finally provided customers with high-quality bandwidth operation services based on SD-WAN solutions. At the application level, in the headquarters and branch scenarios, H3C provides hardware products and SD-WAN controllers for deployment, which help LiveCom to establish multiple POP points around the world and deploy branch routers for enterprises. In addition, through the northbound API interface of the SD-WAN solution provided by H3C, LiveCom can customize the display interfaces according to the actual needs of customers, and comprehensively improve the customer experience in operation and maintenance. During the cooperation, both sides have gradually formed a benign and interactive cooperation mode through joint efforts. In the early stage, with deep experience in hardware and solutions, H3C organized pre-sales and after-sales training for LiveCom's technicians in operation, troubleshooting, and calling northbound interfaces of the routers, so as to help them enhance their experience in operating large and medium-sized SD-WAN networks. Besides, H3C provided mature cases for LiveCom, and engineers from both sides jointly deployed the SD-WAN platform. LiveCom was responsible for giving feedbacks of new customer demands to H3C, and both parties jointly analyzed customer demands to provide improved SD-WAN functions and services and solve the problems of the customers.

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ZEDEDA Delivers Edge Solution for Better Uptime in Smart Buildings

ZEDEDA | January 03, 2023

ZEDEDA, a company that provides edge orchestration solutions, has announced that it has delivered a scalable edge solution for Switch Automation, a global technology company that provides digital building solutions. Based on the Zededa Edge Orchestration Platform, the scalable edge solution lets Switch Automation manage distributed devices securely on a global scale. Switch's smart building platform integrates with traditional building systems and internet of things (IoT) technologies to analyze, automate, and control assets in real time. However, during early deployments, Switch encountered scalability issues with hundreds of appliances. To address this problem, Switch turned to Zededa's edge orchestration platform. "Improving operational management and deployment consistency were the top priorities for us. We had a few hundred IoT appliances connected when we started working with ZEDEDA, but it was challenging for us to envision scalability for the future. Now with ZEDEDA’s edge management and orchestration solution, we don’t need to worry about limitations." - Peter Rake, chief product officer at Switch Automation ZEDEDA provided solutions and technical expertise for managing Switch's edge devices, including the operating system, edge applications, and network, and delivered a stable network device to allow Switch to achieve high uptime and a more robust support infrastructure. As a result, Switch was able to successfully scale up their operations to thousands of appliances and improve overall network performance. By using ZEDEDA's edge orchestration platform, Switch was able to solve problems with scalability and get a better infrastructure, which helped them grow their business. As a result of using ZEDEDA's solution, Switch has been able to reduce its maintenance hours and lower its operational costs. ZEDEDA ensures extensibility and flexibility by leveraging an open partner ecosystem with a robust app marketplace and a Linux Foundation open architecture. ZEDEDA is in charge of thousands of nodes and has teams in the United States, Germany, and India. Some of the best investors in the world have backed it. About ZEDEDA ZEDEDA simplifies, opens up, and secures edge computing, bringing the cloud experience to the edge. The ZEDEDA platform lowers the cost of managing and orchestrating distributed edge infrastructure and applications while increasing visibility, security, and control. ZEDEDA provides a distributed, cloud-native edge management and orchestration solution that simplifies the security and remote management of large-scale edge infrastructure and applications.

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A FinOps-centric Approach Helps Enterprises Track and Control Cloud Costs as Per ISG

ISG | December 30, 2022

The growing use of public clouds by enterprises is leading to an increase in cloud costs, prompting a rise in demand for FinOps platforms to monitor and control expenses, according to a report by technology research and advisory firm Information Services Group. This rise in demand for FinOps platforms reflects a change in the enterprise cloud space, where companies are now looking for solutions that give them more accurate cost insights and better control over how much they spend on the cloud. FinOps platforms, which help clients manage their global IT assets and cut costs, are becoming an important part of the public cloud ecosystem as companies adopt multi-cloud strategies and take stock of how they use the cloud and how much it costs them. FinOps platforms are becoming more popular, which gives businesses a better view of their cloud costs and more control over how much they spend on the cloud. "According to predictions, the finops market will expand by more than 30% in 2022, and future growth will probably be faster." The report named Apptio (Cloudability), Flexera, HCLTech (MyXalytics), NetApp (Spot), and VMware (CloudHealth) as leaders in the Cloud FinOps Platforms quadrant. These platforms provide customers with a comprehensive view of their cloud consumption and costs, allowing them to gain better control over their spending and make decisions that drive operational efficiency and reduce costs. As spending on the cloud continues to grow, more and more businesses will use finops platforms to make sure they get the most out of their cloud investments. About ISG ISG is a global technology research and advisory firm. ISG helps more than 800 clients, including 75 of the world's top 100 enterprises, achieve operational excellence and faster growth. Automation, cloud and data analytics, sourcing advisory, managed governance and risk services, network carrier services, strategy and operations design, change management, market intelligence, and technology research and analysis are all examples of digital transformation services. ISG, founded in 2006 and based in Stamford, Connecticut, employs more than 1,300 digitally-ready professionals in more than 20 countries. The company is known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities.

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