Operations at the branch, critical to many distributed organizations, continue to evolve to support Digital Transformation initiatives. Employees, no matter where they are located, need reliable, low latency access to their data and applications. IoT devices must be securely connected to centralized locations. Lean IT organizations need to support these new initiatives within the constraints of limited budgets via centralized management – without trained IT staff at remote locations.
The distributed branch network needs to be transformed to support WAN cloud and mobility initiatives. The requirements of this new WAN architecture include simplified operations, pervasive mobility, and more efficient bandwidth utilization. New software-based networking technologies and cloud-based intelligence are enabling radically improved network operations. By identifying devices and applications, the network can automatically select the most appropriate path (WAN link) and prioritize traffic. The new WAN architecture supports the following benefits:
- Centralized management with cloud-based orchestration
- Rapid, zero-touch deployment
- Unified wired and wireless networks
- Comprehensive edge security