The Journey to a Software-defined Branch: It is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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In this paper, we look at the two dominant approaches available for businesses to virtualize branch network functions, and software-define the branch. As can be deduced from the partial list of questions stated above, there is no single answer for all enterprises. The choice will depend on the current state of the WAN infrastructure; the business segment and/or vertical focus of the organization; network/IT initiatives underway, or planned, to align business goals with technology investments, at a minimum. Therefore, the options described here are less prescriptive and more educational in nature.

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The Journey to a Software-defined Branch: It is a Marathon, Not a SprintSPIE 2018 #07 - March 2/2018IntroductionDefining the Key Terms and the Value They DeliverSoftware-defined Networking (SDN)Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN)Virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE)Network Function Virtualization (NFV)Virtual Network Function (VNF)Universal CPE (uCPE)Managed SD-WANWhy Software-defined Branch?Evolving Approaches to Software-defined BranchThe SD-WAN CPE ApproachThe uCPE ApproachOther Emerging OptionsStratecast - The Last WordAbout StratecastAbout Frost & Sullivan

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