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

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

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Research Code: 9B0F-00-4D-00-00
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Defining the Key Terms and the Value They Deliver

Software-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-WAN

Why Software-defined Branch?

Evolving Approaches to Software-defined Branch

The SD-WAN CPE Approach

The uCPE Approach

Other Emerging Options

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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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Author Roopashree (Roopa) Honnachari
Industries Information Technology
WIP Number 9B0F-00-4D-00-00
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